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Construction Firm Plans To Relocate HQ to Oak Creek

The headquarters of Bukacek Construction could become part of the Drexel Town Square development.

Updated 3:45 p.m. Wednesday

A Racine construction company plans to relocate its headquarters to Oak Creek and possibly become part of the Drexel Town Square development.

Bukacek Construction, founded in 1963, is currently based at 2429 Summit Ave in Racine. Bukacek CEO Gregg Thompson is excited about the Drexel Town Square plans and has already told his employees about the move, according to Steve Chamberlin, the owner's representative on the project.

"This guy is excited," Chamberlin told the Oak Creek Common Council Monday. "He's already announced to the whole company that they're going to be moving their corporate headquarters to Oak Creek. Hopefully affiliated with Drexel Town Square, if not, somewhere else in Oak Creek."

A company representative did not return a message Tuesday. However, Thompson confirmed the plans in an interview with BizTimes Milwaukee, a media partner of Patch. He told the newspaper the company needs a more convenient location for its employees and customers.

"We need to be more strategically located in the metro Milwaukee area," he said.

Bukacek has 6,000 square feet of office space and is seeking a similar amount of space for its 12 office employees at Drexel Town Square, according to the report. The office would be located in the downtown portion of the development. Bukacek Construction will likely keep a presence in Racine.

A deal has not been finalized. But Chamberlin said the CEO attended a Feb. 11 public meeting regarding Drexel Town Square and was enthusiastic about the developers' vision.

Plans for the development call for 500 to 600 high-end apartments on the west side of the site, a new downtown leading to a town square in the middle, a new city hall and library complex south of the town square, and a Meijer store anchoring the development on the east end. 

ConcernedCitizen February 20, 2013 at 08:16 PM
Definitely welcome the business coming to Oak Creek but why would this make me want to go the the town square? Does anyone have a clue?
BRIAN February 20, 2013 at 09:45 PM
BizTimes.com article today says they will also be doing construction work for DTS. Another sweetheart deal. Just sickening.
Mark Schaaf February 20, 2013 at 10:28 PM
The plan is to create a whole new neighborhood, which includes office space such as this. It's not just about retail and restaurants to attract people there, it's also having workers there to frequent Main Street, etc.
Mike in OC February 20, 2013 at 11:52 PM
thats great news... the more people living and working within the new downtown, the more successful it will become... just not sure where all of these people will be parking.
livingintheOC February 21, 2013 at 03:09 AM
Is't there a industrial park across the street? I don't really see office being the smartest choice for Drexel.
Resident of O.C. Paul February 21, 2013 at 02:02 PM
Anybody find it interesting that only the people that have a hand in the Town Square have wanted to move into it? Conflict of interests? Brick 3 Pizza is owned by Rick Barrett who is developing the residential section aka high-end apartments. It is nice to see a restaurant wanting to locate in the town square. Now the construction company wants to have their offices in the town square development? Like it's going to draw me in... or many other people for that matter... Like I'm going to go to the town square just because the construction company that built the town square has their offices in it... I don't get where the city is going with this project, but as the plans develop it's straying further off course than what was plotted for the residents... I can't wait until it hits the iceberg shrouded by the fog.
Resident of O.C. Paul February 21, 2013 at 02:08 PM
I've worked in Pleasant Prairie, Menominee Falls, and Brookfield, while I lived in St. Francis, but I never moved to those cities. So, I don't see some of the people working at the town square pulling up stakes from where they are living already to move to Oak Creek just because they work in Oak Creek.
Mike in OC February 21, 2013 at 02:48 PM
@resident of oc paul .... i meant in general the more people that live on the site as well as the more people that work on the site... (not one in the same)... the greater the chance of success is for the project. however since you brought up the topic, about 8 years ago i moved to oc only because of my job and have planted roots here.... and i spend most of my money here. so what you are claiming will never happen, actually does happen. some people just dont like to drive and move to where there jobs are...
Resident of O.C. Paul February 21, 2013 at 03:34 PM
"so what you are claiming will never happen" Mike I never said it would never happen. To quote myself from my earlier comment: "So, I don't see SOME of the people working at the town square pulling up stakes from where they are living already to move to Oak Creek just because they work in Oak Creek."
Be Logical February 21, 2013 at 03:51 PM
So a successful company that's been in Racine for many years wants to move its offices to Oak Creek, and that's a bad thing? Seriously, what world do you people live in? This possiblity reinforces what the business papers, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, and the developers themselves have been saying for months. This project will have many kinds of uses, hence the mixed-use, offices are part of that, restaurants, retail, civic, all of those uses are appropriate. Having companies want to locate here in Oak Creek should tell you that the interest in Drexel Town Square is strong, despite a sluggish economy. There's a reason why people choose to spend their own money to invest in Oak Creek, it's because they believe in the direction that the city is going in, despite the naysayers and the conspiracy wingnuts.
Chris February 21, 2013 at 08:01 PM
Where is the conflict? What does it cost you and I if someone gets a sweetheart deal? If I'm not mistaken, this is a private development, with a civic component.
Mark Schaaf February 21, 2013 at 08:27 PM
I'm guessing businesses at DTS are going to trickle out one by one, over the course of a long period of time....I'd be careful not to get too worked up over one business as an indicator of the way the whole project will go.
Jean Havey February 21, 2013 at 10:06 PM
I think this is very positive news for the city of Oak Creek, and for the development of the new Drexel Town Square. Apparently some residents can't see anything positive in anything that happens on the property that is now destined to be the new Town Square.
Yessir February 22, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Corporate headquarters=office employees only. Their construction warehouse will be located somewhere else or even remain in Racine. They will likely stay onsite until the project is completed and then vacate their office staff to another new development in the metro area. This is commonplace in fast growing communities in the southeastern US.
livingintheOC February 23, 2013 at 10:53 PM
The plan should be for every new business to sign a 10 year lease. As far as a library goes I think there should be some exploration into goinf mostly digital. You could probably buy 5000 Kindles and load them up for the money they are looking at spending. I don't mind spending the money if there are other uses like rooms for community events but paying for more space for more paper books seems so 1776.

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