The village of Brookfield will pick up more property in the neighborhood near Ogden and Eberly avenues identified by the 2020 Master Plan as ripe for commercial development.
At the village board’s meeting on May 28, trustees voted unanimously to pass an ordinance approving the purchase of a single-family home at 4006 Blanchan Ave. and the adjoining vacant lot to the south for $50,000. The roughly 6,000-square-foot property has been bank-owned since December and was in foreclosure prior to that.
The closing will take place this week, according to Keith Sbiral, the village’s director of building and planning. The plan is for the village to demolish the home; there is no long-term plan in place right now for the property or for the other two plots the village owns in the area.
In 2004, Brookfield acquired the former Lucas Tire property at the corner, which runs the length of the north side of Ogden Avenue from Eberly to Blanchan. Then in 2011, Brookfield picked up the former Brookfield Moose property at 4000 DuBois Blvd., which was also bank-owned after being in foreclosure for a year.
All of the properties lie within the C-2 zoning district which is bounded by Ogden Avenue on the south, the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad on the north, DuBois Boulevard on the east and Eberly Avenue on the west.
The district was created after village officials identified it as an area that one day might be consolidated and commercially developed. The district is specifically called out for such a purpose in the village’s 2020 Master Plan, adopted in 2004, and is included within two Brookfield TIF districts.
The village can use money in its TIF funds for such things as property acquisition, infrastructure improvements or incentives for developers.
While Brookfield does not have a specific plan in mind for any of the properties, Sbiral said that the village can exercise some control over future development and may be in a position to assist a private developer trying to assemble properties for development in the future.
“There are a lot of ways that area could be developed,” said Sbiral. “They could be developed as stand-alone properties. Or do all the properties combine? I don’t know.”
Asked to talk about the property purchase, President Kit Ketchmark said, “I can’t comment on the future.”
Illustration by Sky Hatter
Village Owned: Brookfield soon will own three properties (shown in yellow) within the C-2 district, including the home at 4006 Blanchan Ave., to be purchased this week.