9046 31st St, Brookfield

Four months after getting the cold shoulder from the Brookfield Planning and Zoning Commission regarding his plan to bring a daycare center to the ground floor of the building at 9046 31st St., Pawel Czauderna is giving it another go.

On Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave., Czauderna’s new application for a daycare center at the 31st Street building will be the subject of a public hearing before the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Last October, commissioners were unimpressed with the daycare plan, unanimously recommending against it amid a hostile reception from neighboring property owners and those renting apartments on the second floor of the building.

Czauderna had requested a reduction in the number of required onsite parking spaces from 20 to 13, which commissioners rejected. They were also unimpressed by a rudimentary floor plan submitted for the daycare business and the lack of a traffic circulation plan for child drop-off and pickup.

After that rejection, Czauderna withdrew his application to refine his request and specifically solve the onsite parking and traffic circulation issues.

The daycare center’s capacity is 40 children. To accommodate daycare center staff and the tenants from the three residential units, the code requires a total of 19 parking spaces, according to Village Planner Kate Portillo.

Czauderna is asking for a reduction of required parking spaces from 19 to 15. Seven parking spots will be provided onsite behind 9046 31st St. The daycare business also has a deal in place to rent eight parking spaces from the Brookfield Elks Lodge, about 400 feet to the east at 9022 31st St.

In addition to a special use permit to operate a daycare at that location and a zoning variation to reduce the number of required parking spaces, Czauderna will need a special use permit from the village for the shared parking arrangement. 

He says in his latest application that shared parking will allow apartment residents access to parking at all times and allay fears of vehicles visiting the daycare taking up public parking spaces along Park Avenue next to the daycare.

Neighboring business owners had a particular fear their customers would lose access to those parking spaces.

The latest plan also eliminates a 30-by-21-foot outdoor playground area in the parking lot behind 9046 31st St., allowing vehicles dropping off and picking up kids to enter the parking lot from Park Avenue and then exit by entering the alley and circling back to Park Avenue.

With a playground in place, vehicles would have had a harder time navigating the parking lot.