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Week Ahead: Drexel Town Square Public Meeting

A public meeting on the plans to create a new town center on the former Delphi property will be held Monday night at the Oak Creek Community Center.

The week ahead in Oak Creek includes an important opportunity for residents to weigh in on plans for the Drexel Town Square.

A public meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at the Oak Creek Community Center, 8580 S. Howell Ave. There, residents will be able to view the plans and give their input directly to developers and community leaders in charge of the project.

Plans call for a new downtown for Oak Creek, with first-floor shops and second-floor apartments leading to a town square. A library and city hall will be built on the other side of the town square, with apartments on the western end of the site and a Meijer store anchoring the development on the east end.

The plans have drawn a strong reaction from many Oak Creek residents, particularly the Meijer aspect. Developers and top city officials believe the store will help drive traffic to the site and make the development successful, while many residents dislike the idea of another grocery store and big box on Howell Avenue.

Also this week, County Executive Chris Abele will come to Oak Creek to give his State of the County address, in which he's expected to praise the Oak Creek Police Department's and community's response to the Sikh temple shooting.

rodbuster rich February 11, 2013 at 02:46 PM
Why even bother with the town meeting, its obvious THEY want and ARE going to put up this step up from walmart box anchor. Anchor is right, now we dont have to worry about oak creek going anywhere. Maybe soon we can join forces with cudahy
Chris February 11, 2013 at 05:17 PM
I'd like to know what is our debt service currently on that parcel of land? If WisParks owns it, what is OC on the hook for? That site has been vacant for how long? Is there a rush to get this done for some compelling reason?
Resident of O.C. Paul February 11, 2013 at 07:25 PM
If Wis Park owns the land, are the property taxes being collected for it? Or has Wis Park been given Tax Amnesty like many other project developments have been in the past? Just an example, and it may not be Oak Creek, but the company that bought and developed the St. Francis Lake Michigan lakefront property with all the condos was given freedom from paying property taxes for a few years. Not a wise move as multi-tennant buildings tend to use the city services (police, rescue, and fire) more than single family homes; and therefore become more of a drain on the property tax payers, while not putting money into the city coffers.

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