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Delphi Redevelopment: A Timeline

Some preliminary work is ongoing; major decisions loom.

Discussion over the future of the former Delphi property, 7929 S. Howell Ave., has been heating up in recent days .

Here's a timeline of where things go from here, as laid out by City Administrator Gerald Peterson at the Nov. 1 Oak Creek Common Council meeting.

This list, of course, is subject to change.

Right now: City officials are putting together grant requests to allow for concrete and asphalt to be taken out of the Delphi site to prepare for development. If successful, removal could begin by year's end.

Ongoing: Devising grading, stormwater, infrastructure and utility plans.

Early December: The Oak Creek Common Council will pick a site for a new and . The two options currently on the table are staying put at Puetz and Howell or relocating to Delphi.

Alderman Dan Bukiewicz, however, said December may be too early and that the council might need more information before making a final decision.

Next year: After a decision is made on the City Hall and library, going through design and architectural ideas will take about 12 to 15 months.

May 2012: Oak Creek officials hope to have key tenants locked in before heading to the International Council of Shopping Centers convention in Las Vegas. With businesses identified and signed on, they will try to lock up other tenants at the convention.

"A number of commericial and other interests have expressed significant interest in the site," Peterson said.

Spring 2013: Request bids for City Hall and library construction.

2014: Take occupancy of new City Hall and library.

Long term: Business development at the Delphi site will be phased in over a 10-year period. "The market can't absorb that much space in a two- or three-year period so there would be phasing over time," Peterson said.

Need to get caught up on what's happening with the Delphi redevelopment project? Check out Oak Creek Patch's new Delphi Redevelopment Page, which features an archive of stories about the project.

curious1 November 10, 2011 at 08:04 PM
April 2012: Put the City Hall & Library issue on the Spring ballot as a referendum item. (it's too important and too costly of an issue not to be).
Michael November 10, 2011 at 11:41 PM
I agree. Change.org is a great site to generate a petition to have this topic sent to referendum. It's the right thing to do in this economy. I've participated in several of the focus groups with regards to the projects on the docket for the city. There are equal numbers of people who support / don't support this move. In other words, too close to call. A referendum is prudent.
Michael November 11, 2011 at 12:04 AM
If you agree about having a referendum on this matter, please sign this petition and forward this link on to those in our community who you believe feel the same. http://www.change.org/petitions/city-of-oak-creek-wisconsin-public-referendum-on-moving-city-hall-and-public-library?share_id=BCmqzMeoyh&pe=pce
Resident of O.C. Paul November 11, 2011 at 02:02 PM
I'm going to sign that petition, I have been all for this being a referendum Item since the city first announced their want of a new city hall...in fact I have mentioned it in comments I've posted on the Oak Creek Patch a few times already. An online petition is good, but I would really like to see a formal petition go around so that you get signatures from "actual" Oak Creek residents. As citizens we need to take back control of our government, and stop having our government dictate to us, the taxpayers, the ones that pay their salaries, and are ultimately their boss, what they are going to do. It should be us, the taxpayers, telling them what we want done, and if the majority of people want it then it gets done, otherwise it gets sent to a trash bin. And I feel that the current Oak Creek City Hall is good enough for our government, let them fix it up instead of leasing it out and still have to fix it up, because if I were leasing a building to set up a business in I would want it in good condition, and it comes to the buildings owner to put it into a condition that someone wants to lease, and that will take money, extra money from the money already wasted on building a new city hall, that could have been spent on more important endeavors.

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