Build or Sell the Land, Mayor Tells Postal Service
In an interview with WISN 12 News, Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi says it is time for the United States Postal Service to do something with the land it owns just south of Mitchell International Airport — or to sell it so someone else can.
The construction that was supposed to start on the U.S. U.S. Postal Service distribution center south of Mitchell International Airport didn't happen by the original December 2011 deadline.
And, despite an extension granted by the City of Oak Creek that gave the agency until the end of 2013 to start the project, it appears at least some city officials are tired of waiting for something that may never happen.
Patch's media partners at WISN 12 News reported that work on that site could be on hold indefinitely.
The Postal Service spent millions on the 64-acre site but then ran into well-documented money troubles and put the project on hold indefinitely.
A spokesman told WISN 12 News, "The Postal Service has no plans for that site at this time."
Scaffidi said the city lost out on the promised jobs and on tax revenue because the Postal Service pays no property taxes.
He wants the post office to either build on the land, which is unlikely, or sell it.
"We're going to aggressively go after that. We will push the post office to make a decision," Scaffidi said. "I will say that we will develop that site. Now, what that is? Developers are working on that."