Around the Town with Mayor Steve: Development Projects Heat Up Throughout the City

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If you’ve driven down Howell Avenue recently, you’ve noticed the graders and other large construction vehicles working at Drexel Town Square and OakView Business Park. Both sites are in the infrastructure phase, with utilities going in the ground, each making news with some recent tenant announcements in the past couple weeks. Additionally, work continues on our Lake Vista lakefront project, as we remediate and restore the area which served as one of Oak Creek’s early industrial sites.

OakView Business Park is a 220-acre development offering companies construction-ready sites available from 3 to 25 acres. These parcels are ideal for assembly, manufacturing and distribution, as well as research and development facilities. One of the only business parks in southeastern Wisconsin currently under construction, it’s located at the southwest corner of Oakwood Road and STH 38 (Howell Avenue). Stella & Chewy’s, a producer of all-natural dog and cat foods, was recently announced as the first tenant at OakView, with plans to build a 160,000 square foot building on the east side of the site. Groundbreaking is expected to take place in June of 2014. Negotiations are ongoing with several other companies interested in this new business park, which delivers easy access to the airport, the Interstate, and the Port of Milwaukee.

Drexel Town Square held a historic groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday, May 10th, with over 200 residents, city staff, and elected officials celebrating the kickoff of this mixed-use development which will create a new downtown for our city. Featuring a mix of civic, retail, restaurant, hotel, and residential uses, the site will host our new City Hall and Library buildings, with an iconic clock tower serving as the centerpiece of the public area in the development. A namesake public square will offer a place for ice skating in the winter, a splash pad in the summer, as well as providing a permanent site for a farmer’s market, outdoor concerts, and other community events. Four Points Sheraton will build a hotel on the east side of the square, with more than 100 guest rooms, and a bar and restaurant facing the square. Rick Barrett and his company Barrett Visionary will develop the Emerald Row residential piece on the west side of the property, with luxury apartments featuring amenities unlike anything we’ve ever seen in Oak Creek. A new 17 acre city park will be located on the west side of the development featuring a wetlands and natural area which will be available to the public while serving as an environmentally-friendly ecosystem for the site, reducing runoff and managing the storm water at Drexel Town Square.

Blair Williams and his Wired Company will develop the Main Street component of Drexel Town Square which will deliver a traditional main street with a modern feel, similar to what you might see in the 3rd Ward in Milwaukee. With two restaurant sites available on the north side of the square, this promises to be one of the most exciting areas of our new downtown. At the groundbreaking, Water Street Brewery announced plans to build a signature restaurant on the corner of Drexel and Howell, with on-site brewing, and a diverse menu, sure to be a popular dining spot when it opens.

As these two sites get underway, work continues on our Lake Vista project, with the transformation of the former Carollville neighborhood of Oak Creek, opening up and restoring over 260 acres of our lakefront, which has been closed off to the public for more than 80 years. In 2014, work will begin on a new roadway on the south end of the property, with bike and walking paths also being constructed. These will connect Lake Vista to the current County-owned Bender Park. Eventually the site will be linked to Highway 100 through a new roadway which will begin construction in 2015. All of these new projects will transform our city, adding significant green space, appropriate development, and places for our community to come together. Stay tuned for more announcements!

Mayor Steve