Brookfield officials gathered in front of Sherwin Williams, 9540 Ogden Ave., to mark the store’s grand opening on Monday, capping more than a decade-long effort to redevelop the vacant property that served as a rather bleak gateway to Brookfield’s western border.
The village acquired the former Cadillac dealership and tire retail site in 2004 through the Cook County no-cash bid program. Over several years, the village cleaned up the contaminated soil and sought developers to bring the property back onto the tax rolls.
“The store opening is the culmination of a lot of hard work by the village and the developer in identifying a viable site, doing the due diligence and then aggressively building a great new store,” said Village Manager Keith Sbiral.
Brookfield approved a redevelopment agreement with developer Kevin Vernick in July 2014. The only economic incentive for the developer was the village conveying the land to him for $10. No TIF funds or sales tax incentives were used to cement the deal.
It’s the third commercial grand opening on Ogden Avenue in Brookfield within the past month.
Skadarliya, a restaurant featuring Balkan-inspired cuisine, has opened at 9237 Ogden Ave., after renovating the former Italian restaurant during the past year. The 4,800-square-foot building had been vacant since the closure of Nino’s Buona Cucina in 2010.
Also opening recently at 8863 Ogden Ave. is A to Z Pediatric and Youth Healthcare. The medical office replaces what has long been a place known more for pumping out hot dogs and burritos.
Dr. W. Daniel Perez bought the former Las Asadas property and opened the Brookfield medical office to replace his office in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood. He also operates an A to Z medical office in Addison.
Nicholas Greifer, the village of Brookfield’s community and economic development director, called the opening of Sherwin Williams a “real win financially and aesthetically for the Ogden corridor, as we add another new building that complements other new retailers on Ogden.”