Council Gives Final Approval to Land Swaps
Wispark gets 50 acres on Oakwood Road, the school district gets land for a high school expansion and elementary school, and the city now owns part of the Delphi site.
The Oak Creek Common Council gave a final sign-off to a set of land swaps in which the Oak Creek-Franklin School District gets the Civic Center site, Wispark a 50-acre property near Oakwood and Howell and the city a seven-acre site at Delphi.
The council previously signaled its support for the plan when it approved relocating the city hall and library, and aldermen unanimously passed the measure Tuesday night, just a few hours before election results came in.
In addition to the Civic Center site, which Oak Creek-Franklin school officials plan to use for an expansion of Oak Creek High School, the district also got 16 acres off Drexel Avenue for a future elementary school.
School officials have said neither project, which require a referendum, is imminent.
The city will build a library and city hall at the Delphi site, while Wispark plans to use the 50 acres on Oakwood for a business park.
The Common Council also approved requesting nearly $1.9 million in grants that would help offset the costs of redevelopment of the Delphi and lakefront.
Aldermen and top city officials have said obtaining grants is a key part of their efforts to redevelop those sites and believe they will cover at least a portion of the clean-up costs.