Sept. 26--A 96-unit high-end apartment development has been proposed for Brookfield, near a site where a park and other apartments have been proposed for a former quarry.
Known as Lilly Preserve, it would feature three three-story buildings on 13 acres north of Burleigh Road and west of Lilly Road. The apartments would be developed by Wired Properties, led by Blair Williams, and Phelan Development, led by Sean Phelan.
The buildings would have one- and two-bedroom units, and underground parking. Monthly rents haven't yet been disclosed, but they would be at the "top end of the market," Williams said Wednesday.
Williams said there's a strong market in Brookfield for upscale apartments for older residents who are ready to sell their houses but want to stay in the community, and younger renters who've moved to the Milwaukee area to work for GE Healthcare, Kohl's Corp. and other major employers.
The developers hope to begin construction by late spring if the project wins city approval, Williams said. The apartments would take about one year to build, he said.
Lilly Preserve is the latest luxury apartment development proposed in Brookfield.
Mandel Group Inc. wants to develop two buildings with 36 units and 20 units near Sendik's Towne Center, south of Capitol Drive and west of Brookfield Road. Also, Sutter Creek Residences, proposed by a group that includes Ogden & Co., would eventually have 132 apartments and 12 condos east of S. Barker Road and north of W. Greenfield Ave.
The city's comprehensive plan has been changed to allow more flexibility in considering sites for apartments to address growing demand, said Dan Ertl, community development director.
Lilly Preserve appears to meet that objective, but the proposal "needs to be properly vetted" through the Plan Commission and Common Council review process, Ertl said.
The site is near an 85-acre former quarry, south of Burleigh Road, between Lilly Road and Burlawn Parkway, where Menomonee Falls-based Super Excavators Inc. wants to dump "clean fill" -- soil, sod, rocks, clay and sand -- from the Zoo Interchange reconstruction project.
That would create a 70-acre park with a lake. The remaining 15 acres along Burleigh Road would eventually be developed as multifamily housing by Siepmann Realty.
Some residents are opposed to the quarry plan because it would require trucks to transport the fill on Burleigh Road for four years.
A leader of that opposition is Mark Regal, who operates the nearby Regal Crest Village and Regal Crest West apartments on Burleigh Road.