Representatives from a Hinsdale-based real estate development company will appear before the Brookfield Planning and Zoning Commission on Jan. 25 at 7 p.m., requesting to rezone a parcel of land in order to allow the construction of a mixed-use commercial/residential building at 8911 Burlington Ave.
Tartan Builders bought the property last summer and razed the former Edward Jaeky-Realty Link building in anticipation of the new development. The developers have kept their plans under wraps, but the Landmark obtained renderings of the proposed Brookfield Station building after filing a Freedom of Information request last week.
Plans indicate that Tartan Builders is proposing the construction of a four-story building with ground-floor commercial space topped by three floors housing two two-bedroom units each. The renderings do not indicate whether the units will be condominiums or apartments.
The scale and density of Brookfield Station, however, will require that the lot where the development is being planned be rezoned from SA-5 to SA-1. The lot is part of the new Station Area Zoning District created by the village board last year.
“I think it’s right in line with our zoning modernization goals,” said Nicholas Greifer, the village’s community and economic developer. “This company has a great track record, so I’m confident they’ll be able to execute that plan.”
Brookfield Station is the first development that is being considered in the new Station Area Zoning District created by the village board last year in order to spur transit-oriented development along the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad line.
Presently, 8911 Burlington Ave. is part of the SA-5 Residential Mix District, which allowed residential-only structures of between two and six stories. Tartan Builders seeks an SA-1 Core Mixed-Use designation, which allows buildings up to six stories, built to the front lot line, with commercial on the ground floor and residential above.
Essentially, the rezoning would extend the SA-1 district one lot to the west of its current boundary on Burlington Avenue. The strip mall to the east of the site is zoned SA-1.
One of the goals of the Station Area Zoning district is to increase density and augment existing transit-oriented and pedestrian-oriented development in Brookfield’s downtown, which is centered on the Grand/Prairie intersection on both sides of the tracks near the downtown Metra station.
Greifer said higher density developments will help support businesses and create more vibrancy in the downtown area.
“If you increase the number of people living in the downtown by 200 in, say, the next three years, I just have to believe it will have a multiplier effect on the downtown,’ Greifer said.
If the Planning and Zoning Commission recommends rezoning the property, the matter will go to the village’s board of trustees for a final vote at a later date.
Two-flat owner seeks
to re-zone land
The owner of a two-unit apartment building in the 3800 block of Park Avenue will ask the Brookfield Planning and Zoning Commission on Jan. 25 to recommend rezoning it in order to remove an existing legal non-conformity.
Joshua Jasien, a LaGrange Park resident who has owned the property since 2009, is asking the Planning and Zoning Commission to change the zoning from A-1 (single-family residential) to SA-6, a residential zoning classification within the new Station Area Zoning District.
The SA-6 district allows buildings up to three stories, including row houses, townhouse and single-family homes. The property immediately south of Jasien’s is in the SA-6 district, so the change would extend the district one lot north on Park Avenue.
Jasien said he is not planning to redevelop the property. Instead, he said, he wants to remove the non-conformity (a multi-family building in a single-family district), so that in the event the building is destroyed and needs to be rebuilt, it can be rebuilt in its present use as a multi-family structure.
This story has been changed to correct the name of the business that formerly occupied the property at 8911 Burlington Ave.