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Lakefront Remediation Work Begins Next Month

The city of Oak Creek has scheduled an Oct. 30 open house to present updated information on lakefront redevelopment.

Within a few weeks, crews will start removing concrete slabs and select areas of trees, treating soils and excavating along part of the bluff as remediation starts on two key Oak Creek lakefront properties.

The remediation work will begin in earnest in early November at 9180 S. 5th Ave. and 4240 E. Ryan Road and continue until winter weather suspends work until spring, Oak Creek officials said in a news release. Preliminary work, such as grass mowing, is already under way.

The city will present updated information on lakefront progress at an open house scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 30 in the council chambers of Oak Creek City Hall, 8640 S. Howell Ave.

The owners of the properties at 9180 S. 5th Ave. and 4240 E. Ryan Road — DuPont and EPEC, respectively — are choosing a contractor to begin work on remediation plans, according to the news release. Those are two of the larger properties in the lakefront redevelopment area.

When cleanup is completed and approved by regulatory agencies, ownership of the properties will transfer to Oak Creek, which will proceed with implementing its lakefront redevelopment plan. A public park is expected to be one of the first components to be constructed.

The land is in need of heavy environmental work because of its long history of manufacturing operations. Cleanup has been one of the biggest hurdles in the city's years-long quest to open the lakefront up to the public.

Be Logical October 22, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Probably not a more important initiative in our city's history than the cleanup of our lakefront...for too long previous elected officials, and a few residents, have stonewalled this process, claiming that it should be left alone. Beginning the long process to open up this acreage along Lake Michigan, with a new city park to be added as one of the first things to be developed there, is something that all residents should get behind. I can't wait to be able to drive into the site, and be able to enjoy our lakefront.Kudos to the city and officials for leading the way on this!
Chris October 23, 2012 at 01:13 PM
I'm fairly new to Oak Creek, so I don't know all the past political/economic/social issues the city has gone through with regards to the lakefront development. All I can add is that my first reaction when moving to Oak Creek, and driving all over the city to get a feel for it, was "Wow, what a waste of prime real estate" along with "It's sad to see such a dilapidated remnant of what once appeared to be a fairly large manufacturing area".

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