Two hotels planned at The Corridor site in Brookfield

Burlington, Iowa-based Hawkeye Hotels is planning to purchase 5 acres in the Corridor development in Brookfield to build two hotels.

The hotels, which are expected to be about 100 to 120 rooms each, will be located in the middle of the 66-acre development, just south of the new 55,000-square-foot ProHealth Medical Group clinic that is currently under construction, said Dan Ertl, director of community development for the city of Brookfield.

A source familiar with the Brookfield project said one of the hotels being planned will likely be a Holiday Inn Express. Both hotels will be mid to upper-mid range brands, the source said.

The Corridor aerial rendering

Representatives from Hawkeye Hotels and their development partner, Jay Bhakta, principal with Minneapolis-based JR Hospitality, met with city officials this week, Ertl said.

Before the project can move forward, the group will have to secure a specific precise plan district. The city plan commission will likely review the proposal in July or August, Ertl said.

The Corridor is a mixed-use project between Bluemound Road and I-94 that is being developed by Deer Creek LLC, an affiliate of Milwaukee-based development firm Irgens.

Irgens CEO and manger Mark Irgens said it is too early to comment on the hotel project. Representatives from Hawkeye Hotels were traveling Friday and could not be reached for comment.

According to the group’s website, Hawkeye is a family-owned company founded in 1982. The company owns and operates more than $400 million in assets across the Midwest including the Courtyard Milwaukee north/Brown Deer at 5200 W. Brown Deer Road.

Hawkeye has affiliations with several brands including Marriott, Hilton, InterContinental and Starwood.

The location of the hotels is where the city of Brookfield originally wanted to build its new hotel and conference center. The city ultimately decided to walk away from the Corridor site when it became clear a parking structure would be needed to accommodate…

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