Now that the new Dunkin Donuts store is up and running at 9200 Ogden Ave. in Brookfield, the owner of the corner property is set to construct a new mixed-use building where the old store used to be.
The new building, which will include a one-bedroom apartment on the second floor and a ground-floor commercial space, should be ready for occupancy before summer, according to Maneklal Patel, who has owned the property at Maple and Ogden avenues since 1997.
In 2009, Patel purchased the land immediately west of the corner lot, which once housed Little Europe Restaurant, setting the stage for the new Dunkin Donuts building and adjoining commercial structure next door.
While Patel initially considered a restaurant tenant, possibly a Subway franchise, for the new commercial property, he eventually decided that it wouldn’t be feasible.
“We wanted a restaurant, but with the Dunkin Donuts, we thought there might be parking and traffic issues,” said Patel, adding that he has already signed a contract for the commercial space with TitleMax, a company that specializes in granting loans where customers put up the title to their automobile as collateral.
The old Dunkin Donuts has already been demolished and construction on the building should be swift, according to Patel.
“We got a plan to be done in two months,” he said.
Plans on file at Brookfield Village Hall show that the new building will be set back from the front of the Dunkin Donuts structure. The two-story building will be constructed of masonry block on the first floor with cement board siding on the second.
The colors of the masonry and clapboard-style siding will match the color scheme of the Dunkin Donuts building, according to the plans.