City of Brookfield — The latest addition to one of the most important cultural epicenters in Brookfield took a big step Monday night.

The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts received a recommendation for approval of a conditional use permit that would allow the addition of a 4,000-square-foot pavilion on the west side of the building.

The Wilson Center has hosted events under a tent in the past in the same space; however, interest has recently been sparked in upgrading that element of the center.

“What has occurred is we have some donors who have approached the Wilson Center with an interest in funding a new front pavilion for the center,” Wilson Center president & CEO Lynn Sprangers said earlier this fall.

The plan commission was unanimous in approving the center’s request, which was voted upon following a public hearing.

After a previous iteration of the proposal was presented to the plan commission in October, city officials asked the Wilson Center and VJS Construction Services to look into the possibility of adding side panels to the structure.

Mayor Steve Ponto and his fellow plan commissioners were pleased with what they saw Monday.

“They showed us a track which will be used to put in side panels at times when there’s inclement weather,” Ponto said.

Because the Wilson Center is located in Mitchell Park, city approval is required for the pavilion.

“We’re very excited about the prospect of replacing a tent with a beautiful new pavilion,” Sprangers said. “This could allow us to extend the use of that space. It would allow us to use that outdoor space probably for three out of the four seasons.”

The city of Brookfield common council will be charged with granting final approval for the request.

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