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Grant Would Help Pay For Lakefront Land Purchase

Oak Creek might get about $300,000 through a state program that would pay for half of a 22-acre lakefront property acquisition.

Grant funding might cover about half of the city's $600,000 cost to purchase 22 acres along the Oak Creek lakefront.

Oak Creek has applied for a grant through the state's Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program, which aims to preserve natural areas and provide opportunities for outdoor recreation.

City officials have said they plan to develop a public park on the property, 9006 S. 5th Ave., as part of ongoing lakefront redevelopment efforts.

While a mix of residential, retail and commercial uses are planned, Oak Creek officials say the park will be the first component constructed, which could happen in late 2012 or 2013.

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vocal local 1 October 21, 2012 at 01:14 PM
The only 22-acre parcel on the lakefront is Wabash. Originally owned by Dupont. Its the Cooper Tar, and later Vulcan, an aluminum-smelting site loaded with industrial chemical contamination: Brownfield. In 1972 when Vulcan purchased the site, excavated dirt from the site was dumped by Marino onto the 17 acres on American Ave currently owned by Kurt Rapnow. No permits, no paper trail. Prior the 17 acres was virgin farmland. The farmer sold off the topsoil, filled and graded, destroyed the natural water flow pattern, running water uphill. In some areas vegetation is still scant. The area was not environmentally tested. Rapnow has repeatedly attempted to develop and should be included in this project. He should be included because he also needs some of the dirt to cap areas on his property. Last week demolition equipment began to arrive at the Vulcan site. Who is paying for the demolition? Who is paying for the Lakefront stabilization? Is this a wise financial investment in this economy? With the acquisition of these 22.5 acres the city will own 175.5 acres of Contaminated Lakefront Property. The city report ably will not be held responsible for any future liability. The DNR becomes liable once it grants clean-up is complete.The original "big money" owners will be off the hook. I'm not comfortable with this. Big Money was made on the sites, big money should clean up the sites but that is not the law. Is the city raising your property taxes to pay for brownfield development? YES
Smdre October 22, 2012 at 01:27 PM
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