Indoor organic garden, health store may open soon

Infinity Healing looks to expand its scope of services

March 20, 2013

Brookfield residents may soon have a new place to buy organic foods if owners of Infinity Healing Center have their way.

The center offers a host of holistic and alternative health services, including acupuncture, yoga, live blood microscopy, and facial and foot services, and hopes to up the ante by adding an organic food store.

A 600-square-foot indoor garden full of fresh fruits and vegetables and healthier options for consumers would grow at the center, 3305 N. 124th St.

But the owners need approval from the city first.

Zoning change required

Owners Elizabeth Arkowski and Saeid Rahmanpanah submitted a request for a public hearing to rezone the center's location, which was approved by the Plan Commission on March 11.

The store would be an addition to the existing business, with the lower level expanding and a second floor addition being created.

The area is zoned as an Office and Limited Industry District and needs to be rezoned to a Modified Suburban Overlay district.

Planning Administrator Michael Theis told the Plan Commission the center is located in the city's 124th Street Corridor Targeted Investment Area, one of 10 areas identified in the City of Brookfield 2035 Comprehensive Plan.

Dan Ertl, director of community development, said the rezoning is consistent with city policy in order to promote growth in the corridor.

One issue the owners must work out, commissioners agreed, is parking.

Based on the floor-area ratio given to the city, the business is short 10 parking spaces.

Ertl said the commission can reduce the required number of spaces for a site if there is a good reason, for example, a portion of a building is unused.

If an exception is not made, Rahmanpanah said, he is prepared to remove trees to accommodate parking.

Store's selection rare

Rahmanpanah said the store will bring a selection for goods not commonly available in the city while aligning with the mission of the center.

In addition to organic foods, he plans to offer supplements, hand soap and other goods.

"Carrying all local produce and products is very important," Rahmanpanah said. "We're going to offer a one-of-a-kind experience."

Rahmanpanah said he's already working with local vendors and suppliers and hopes to open the store in October, with daily business hours of 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Working with local schools

Rahmanpanah said he hopes to hire people with special needs.

His 16-year-old daughter is a special needs student at Brookfield East High School, and he hopes to partner with Elmbrook School District to provide job training to special needs students.

A date for a public hearing to rezone the property will be determined by the city.


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