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Drexel Town Square Update Coming Tuesday

A few weeks after reports of a big box store surfaced, officials will give a presentation at Tuesday's Oak Creek Common Council meeting.

An official update on the Drexel Town Square development plan is scheduled for Tuesday's Oak Creek Common Council meeting.

Wispark President Jerry Franke will be joined by several development partners at a presentation that will include a history of research and actions leading up to the development plan, according to a report to council members.

City officials say residents will be able to provide input at a separate presentation on Feb. 11.

Tuesday's council meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Oak Creek City Hall, 8640 S. Howell Ave.

Plans for the Drexel Town Square have drawn criticism in recent weeks after a report that developers were negotiating with Meijer Inc. to open a 192,000-square-foot store that would anchor the development, near the corner of Drexel and Howell avenues.

Residents and some city officials have been cold to the idea of a big-box store as part of Drexel Town Square, while others say one may be necessary to drive traffic and other retailers to the site.

The Drexel Town Square project aims to create a new downtown for Oak Creek on the former Delphi site. The city and Wispark, the development arm of We Energies, envision apartments, a "Main Street" with shops leading to a town square, restaurants, retail and a new city hall and public library.

An update on the new library and city hall is scheduled to follow the Drexel Town Square presentation.

Stay up-to-date on the redevelopment project with Patch's Drexel Town Square page.

Mike in OC January 12, 2013 at 03:59 AM
i wonder how that ice rink will be in these mild winters we have been having....
Ron Clone January 12, 2013 at 01:11 PM
Being a native of Michigan, I would love a Meijer. It isn't the typical "big box" store. It is on a par with Target only with better grocery prices. Just maybe not right on the corner. The town square idea would seem best for the corner. How about Meijer a couple blocks west?
Joe Todor January 12, 2013 at 07:19 PM
maybe Staples ?
Joe Todor January 12, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Frys electronics ?
Lydia Ferri January 13, 2013 at 12:51 AM
I like many others, would like to see IKEA in OC. We do not need any more groceries stores, banks, mediocre fast food restaurants and the such. How about we bring in more classy stores and really make the town hall a place people would want to come to.
Cory January 13, 2013 at 04:14 AM
How about Bass Pro Shop or Cabelas. I agree there are already plenty of grocery store options around.
Brian February 13, 2013 at 08:19 PM
I would LOVE to see an Ikea store in OC as well. Look at what it has done for the western part of Chicago. It would bring people from all over the Milwaukee Area to OC...not just the near South Side. Also....The City of OC sold its residents that unique, upscale shops/stores will be what makes this place special. What's unique or special at Meijer to what we already have in the area. Have something different and they will come....build something new...and they will come...but not for years. As a resident of OC...I would rather have that site empty for a few more years to get the right big box store in place.

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