Better design, please

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Brookfield doesn't have a design review process for residential architecture, at least outside of the newly created Station Area zoning districts. While the Station Area requirements include everything from windows to construction materials to landscaping, there's no such rules for home and multifamily building design elsewhere in town.

We're guessing that few in Brookfield want every new single-family home or home addition to have to pass the scrutiny of an appointed design review panel. 

But is it too much to ask that developers of new homes and multifamily buildings hire architects that can produce something more appealing than the blank facades proposed for a "luxury" condo development in the 4500 block of Forest Avenue?

These things may be 21st century technological wonders inside the walls, but the exterior renderings are about the most retrograde, generic "colonial" attempts at residential design you can offer. You'd think a "luxury" building would afford its owners brick on all four facades, not just one.

No one wants to be told how to design a building, but come on.

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Barb Dahm from Brookfield  

Posted: January 28th, 2018 10:26 PM

Just because it is condo, it does not mean it will be owner occupied. I live just south of Elhert Park. Across the street is a 4 unit apartment building that went condo. Two units are owner occupied and two are rented out. As for off street parking, I do not believe off street for 10 cars is enough for 6 units. A 3 bedroom will have more than one driver. There will be more than one car. In the '70's when these buildings were built, building code was 1 1/2 cars per unit. Code may have been changed to 2 cars per unit. Two adults working, will have two cars and any teens may also have cars particularly to travel to nearby colleges and or work. I would advise each of the Trustees look at their own 'home life' and that of friends, family and neighbors. How many of these households have just one car? I have been living here for 40 years and have seen many changes. I have seen renters with 3 cars. The building next to me had 9 cars for a building with 4 apartments. When greedy owners add apartments in the basement, add 1 or 2+ cars more. Drive down some of these streets and see for yourself. As for 'luxury', the existing 4 unit and 6 unit buildings are all brick (all four sides) no siding. We have approx. 2 inches of concrete over the sub floor. If you want to see 6 units, look on Gerristen between Prairie and Sunnyside. Our Village has building codes and standards for a reason. We do not need a developer asking for all kinds of variations for his profit ($.) Using an argument referring to 'other' buildings etc. etc. should not be considered. The mistakes made in the past in the name of profit/money is no reason to continue the same ole same ole decisions. What about the side yard. Is he expecting a variations for the green space? Where is all the rain water to go?

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