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What's Next For Delphi?

With a few major decisions are out of the way, officials seek to land businesses, grant money and fundraising dollars.

The Oak Creek Common Council made some major decisions regarding the Delphi redevelopment project in the early part of 2012.

While that may make the next few weeks and months a little quieter, work to redevelop the vacant 85 acres at the corner of Drexel and Howell will still go on behind the scenes.

Mayor-elect Steve Scaffidi said the city has several things it wants to accomplish in the near future, now that the city hall and library location has been decided, the land swap proposal approved and a tax-incremental financing district implemented.

Recruiting quality tenants is at the top of the list. Talks have been ongoing throughout the last several months and city officials have said that interest in the site is "significant."

More could be known in May, when representatives from the city and Wispark will attend the International Council of Shopping Centers convention in Las Vegas. There, they will meet with potential companies in the hopes of moving closer to landing key tenants.

"(The convention) is going to tell us who's interested," Scaffidi said.

While officials woo businesses, the city is working to get grant money to offset development costs.

One of the first steps in the Delphi redevelopment is to remove the asphalt on the 85-acre site, and officials hope grants will cover at least a portion, if not the entire, cost of that endeavor.

"Every time we get a grant it saves our taxpayers money," Scaffidi said. "We're going to go after them and so far, we think we're going to be successful."

The Common Council will also hire a firm to provide "owner's representative" services for the construction of a new , and . The firm will help guide the city through the design, construction and ongoing operations of each of the three buildings, according to a report to council members.

"Someone to kind of look out for our interests, make sure we're going the right direction," Scaffidi said.

The council is expected to vote Monday to ask interested firms to provide qualifications. More details, including cost, will be known when a selection is finalized.

Discussion about the construction of a new library and city hall -- what those buildings will look like, the size, the cost -- will continue throughout the year. Library officials are set to begin a capital fundraising campaign to make the building a public-private partnership.

Construction on the civic buildings isn't expected to start until 2013.

For archived coverage of the Delphi redevleopment project, check out Oak Creek Patch's Delphi page.

vocal local 1 April 15, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Remember, Clean up of the Delphi site is expected to cost the city of OC, not WisPark about twenty mil. Now, they are all going to Las Vegas? International Council of Shopping Centers convention? How much is that going to cost us? Were in a depression, we don't need another failing shopping center. We don't need to expand at this time the economy doesn't this kind and type of debt.
Mr.Ed April 15, 2012 at 12:36 PM
You mean coffee shops don't sustain a community’s infrastructure? I see "market place" written all over this. Remember that group of shops on the north west corner of Puetz and South Chicago?
Patriot April 15, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Its time to pull up your pants and get ready to go swimming in a pool of debt. All in the name of progression, or a few individuals who want something attached to their name!! Just like the new construction on the corner of Howell and Rawson. Nice building but like others in the area it is EMPTY!!!!
Patriot April 15, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Standard bureaucratic BS!!!
5Kids April 15, 2012 at 06:22 PM
We need to have a recall for our Mayor. There is no need to spend taxpayer dollars in this economy. Local Public Libraries have gone the way of the VCR, 35mm film ect. Time for these liberal politicians to realize to save money for a rainy day. And that The City Of Oak Creek iis not in the real estate bussiness.
Dennis Irwin April 15, 2012 at 06:33 PM
When will elected officials and city leaders listen to the will of the people? This project important enough to have had a referendum. Frankly, I agree with the prevoius posts. Our elected leaders need to have full transparancy and disclosure on the financial ramifications of this project,
OC Grad April 15, 2012 at 08:11 PM
The people have spoken. An election was just held on April 3rd. In a Democracy the majority wins. Not agreeing with the results of this election is not a legitimate reason to call for a recall. Shame on you!!
Patriot April 15, 2012 at 09:11 PM
@OC Grad-Well you are partially right? Yes the people have spoken with regards to the general election. But the people did not speak with regards to the outcome of the Delphi Site. That most def should have been put to a referendum!! Yes I do not agree with re-calling someone just because I or we may disagree as with Gov Walker. So no I am not for a re-call unless laws were broken!! But I do ask that our local politicians let the people who elected them be more involved when it comes to spending our money!! Those votes were rushed thru and taken behind closed doors. WRONG!!!
Sharon Armstrong April 16, 2012 at 01:52 AM
I find it very interesting that when the City does hold PUBLIC meetings very few people attend and even fewer speak. When all is said and done then we have to listen to all of the complaining. I am wondering why none of you have run for office since you are so concerned about what should be done in this city!!! On a more upbeat note, Congrats to all who are moving this city forward.
BringBackOakCreek09 April 16, 2012 at 02:24 AM
with 13% voter turnout city wide. I see the vote as being, I voted my buddy in. This plan is not thought out, expensive, and poorly done. Houses? really? Have they looked through oak creek, many neighborhoods have yet to be filled. The city hall and library move will be useless, wont bring any sort of revenue to land. Keep them where they are, build the library where they want to build a new fire station which again is a waste. Lastly, maybe its time to build a bigger highschool else where. Wait we had the land to do that but land swapped it away. wow, great decision making in oak creek. If any of the council member are listening, its time to use some common sense not your imagination
vocal local 1 April 16, 2012 at 08:00 AM
If one calls the 37% of the population of OC that voted the voice of the people I guess the people have spoken. OC residents deserve what they get and can pick up the debt when the deals with Wis Park fail. Toman and Scaffidi are all for using Eminent Domain over on the lake front with the creation of a Brownfield and Blight TIF. You've re-elected spendthrifts without an original idea in their heads so be prepared to live with it. IF OC and WisPark had not conspired to rip off MMSD of millions of dollars perhaps your MMSD tax rate wouldn't go up every year but they did and the taxes increase so live with it and stop complaining. Why don't I ever see you guys at the city meetings voicing your positions to the council? All I ever see are the city employee's shoring up their own positions and salaries and benefits with wild schemes to make OC a better place to work not live is my take.
Patriot April 16, 2012 at 01:59 PM
@Sharon-So by the residents showing up for the go thru the motion council meetings means our voices are heard? Put stuff like this up for a referendum and lets see what the residents have to say!! Rather than ram it thru behind closed doors the night before the election. Hmmmm very similar to the legendary Obama Care!!
Sharon Armstrong April 16, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Patriot - No, not the council meetings - the meetings held at the Community Center and the high school where the city spent numerous hours showing charts, explaining, answering everyone's questions and then let the audience speak. I got my information by going to all of the sessions open for the PUBLIC and advertised as such.
Patriot April 16, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Again something this big with the potential of costing tax payers millions should be put up on a referendum!! Then lets see what the people decide. It very obvious that in todays political arena what the people want means nothing!! The people wanted Gov Walker, yet a few decide to re-call. So its obvious that these meetings a feel good meetings and nothing more. Just my opinion
Mark B April 16, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Did they speak when an unelected, appointed acting mayor cast the tie breaking vote?
Patriot April 16, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Exactly!!! My Point Exactly!!!
Jan Massie April 17, 2012 at 01:46 AM
In regards to Mustang Sally, As an owner of a small business at the Market Place Village, remember the one on Hwy 32 & Puetz, we don't recall the City investing any money into this venture and they still don't. The Market place wasn't a "strip mall" it was designed to be a shop of Artisans, it is a unique niche, and yes it has struggled over the years. A weak economy isn't helping but when was the last time you shopped here and supported local business's?
Dawn June 24, 2012 at 01:58 PM
We've gone to meetings because we've heard through 'world of mouths' what was going to be discussed. It was never put in ANY paper for people to read. We all know people are always trying to slide things through w/out the general public being aware of. jeesh. btw, IF I was retired and not working I would attend ALL meetings.

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