Around the Town with Mayor Steve: A Mid-Year Development UpdateShare This +
On any given day at City Hall I get questions about the various development projects going on around our city and how they are moving forward. As you have seen this year, 2014 is shaping up to be one of the most significant development years we’ve ever seen in the City, and along with the road construction has presented some challenges for our residents. By the end of this year however, we should see some significant progress being made on all of our new sites and I wanted to take the time to update you on some of the progress.
At the lakefront, the Common Council this week took an important step forward on the future connection point to Lake Vista, and the future link to the lakefront. Voting unanimously, the Council directed the City’s Engineering Department to enter into an agreement with John O’Malley for a landfill operation, which will be the foundation for the future roadway into the property. Taking soil from the Northwestern Mutual building project in downtown Milwaukee, we will save a significant amount of money on the fill that will be needed to raise the roadbed. Thanks to John and his team, as well as the City staff and Common Council, for making that happen.
At Oakview Business Park, work is underway on the new Stella & Chewy’s site, which will eventually house their company’s headquarters and production facilities. Governor Walker attended the groundbreaking ceremony, and spoke highly of the public/private partnership between Stella & Chewy’s leadership, the City of Oak Creek, and the State of Wisconsin. With drier weather forecasted, the building should start to take shape this summer, with an expected completion date this winter. Stella & Chewy’s is a leading producer of organic pet food in the United States, and is experiencing rapid growth in their market segment. It’s the first business to be located in our newest business park, and I think they are a tremendous addition to our community.
You’ve probably seen the earth-moving equipment at Drexel Town Square working overtime this summer as they complete the infrastructure component of our new downtown. As this wraps up in July and early August, you’ll begin to see the steel frameworks of several exciting projects begin to rise up out of the ground, including our new City Hall and Library, a 4 Points Sheraton Hotel, our new Main Street, and Water Street Brewery’s newest location in the Milwaukee area. This 85 acre site will transform our city and deliver a stimulating, exciting, and diverse new mix of civic, retail, restaurant, and public spaces for the next chapter in Oak Creek’s history.
Lastly, road construction clearly has dominated the conversation this summer, as orange barrels are sharing the roadway with drivers on Hwy 100, Howell Avenue, Drexel Avenue, and coming in August, on a stretch of 13th Street between Rawson and Drexel Avenues. I understand the frustration with the construction process, but when it’s completed, we will have a system of roadways unmatched in southern Milwaukee County, and moving around the city will be significantly easier, and safer.
Hang in there, enjoy your summer, and stay plugged in to our city’s social media for the latest on what’s going on in and around the OC.