Thursday, August 23, 2012
Land exchange allows for expansion of Falk Park and a future Northwestern Mutual development. Another land swap is also close to finalization.
A land swap agreement between Northwestern Mutual and Milwaukee County became final last week, paving the way for an expansion of Falk Park. Under the agreement, the county gets 75 acres, much of it south of Drexel Avenue and east of 27th Street, while Northwestern Mutual gets 50 acres on the west side of I-94 near the future Drexel Interchange. The Milwaukee County Parks Department wanted the 75 acres for an expansion of Falk Park, 2013 W. Rawson Ave., and to preserve some of the last remaining wetlands in the county. Officials said in a report to council members the "aesthetic value of the area will be enhanced tremendously" because of the expansion. Northwestern Mutual, meanwhile, got land that can be more easily developed, although …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Under a proposal, Milwaukee County and Northwestern Mutual would exchange lands to pave the way for an expansion of Falk Park.
Land swaps between Milwaukee County and Northwestern Mutual took another step forward Tuesday as the deal nears finalization. Following a closed session, the Oak Creek Common Council approved a tri-party agreement between the city, Milwaukee County and Northwestern Mutual. Under a proposal, the county gets 75 acres, much of it south of Drexel Avenue and east of 27th Street, while Northwestern Mutual gets 50 acres near the future Drexel Interchange. The Milwaukee County Parks Department wants to expand Falk Park, 2013 W. Rawson Ave., and preserve some of the last remaining wetlands in the county. Northwestern Mutual, meanwhile, would get land that can be more easily developed, although the company says it has no immediate development plans…
Thursday, May 17, 2012
The plan, though not finalized, would give Milwaukee County 75 acres for expansion of Falk Park and Northwestern Mutual 50 acres for development.
The Oak Creek Common Council unanimously approved a re-configuration of land near 20th Street and Drexel Avenue for the planned expansion of Milwaukee County's Falk Park. The county and Northwestern Mutual have proposed land exchanges in which the county would get 75 acres, much of it south of Drexel Avenue, and Northwestern Mutual 50 acres near the future Drexel Interchange. The Milwaukee County Parks Department wants to preserve those lands and maintain some of the last remaining wetlands in the county. Northwestern Mutual, meanwhile, would get lands that can be more easily developed, although the company says it has no immediate development plans. A Northwestern Mutual representative told the Oak Creek Plan Commission the swaps will …
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Northwestern Mutual plans to exchange lands in Oak Creek with Milwaukee County. The county parks department wants to maintain some of the last remaining wetlands in the county.
A representative for Northwestern Mutual told the Oak Creek Plan Commission Tuesday night that proposed land swaps with Milwaukee County will help preserve the natural beauty of the area near 20th Street and Drexel Avenue. Kevin Kennedy, director of real estate investments for the company, said Milwaukee County Parks officials approached the company about exchanging lands so it could expand Falk Park and maintain some of the last remaining wetlands in the county. Northwestern Mutual was happy to accommodate the request, he said. In giving up one-and-a-half acres for every acre it acquired, the swaps will preserve park land for "generations to come." "They are very nice lands and that's what we want to preserve," he said. Under the plan, …
Friday, March 23, 2012
Financial firm gets 50 acres near the planned Drexel Interchange.
The exchanging of lands in Oak Creek continues. Northwestern Mutual will get about 50 acres of land near the future Drexel Interchange as part of a land swap with the Milwaukee County Parks Department, according to a Milwaukee Business Journal report. The newspaper reported the company has no specific plans yet for the vacant property, but quoted a spokesman as saying the goal is to "facilitate high-quality development." The new Northwestern Mutual land is north of Drexel adjacent to Falk Park, while the parks department receives 75 acres for new park land south of Drexel along I-94. Local officials expect the area to greatly increase in value with the reconstruction of Drexel Avenue and the Drexel Interchange. Construction of the new …
Friday, January 27, 2012
Construction will coincide with Drexel Interchange work, last through November.
Construction to expand W. Drexel Avenue to four lanes is expected to begin Feb. 13 and last through November. By the time it's done, Drexel from 27th Street to Interstate 94 will be a four-lane divided boulevard that will connect to a new interchange with the interstate. Interchange construction is expected to start around May 1. Drexel plans also call for a 10-foot wide multi-use path along the north side, on-street bicycle accommodations, street lighting, additional turn lanes at 27th Street and stoplight modifications, according to the city's website. The street will be closed to traffic during construction, but properties along Drexel and 20th Street will continue to have access. For more on the construction and the impact on traffic…
Friday, December 16, 2011
Company teams up with Cedar Hills Elementary in a reading and mentoring program.
For the sixth year, local elementary students are getting to spend time at a major local company for some one-on-one reading and mentoring. "Time to Read" is a literacy program sponsored by the Northwestern Mutual Foundation that has offered opportunities for its employees to take time out of their work day to read with children. Employees in the Franklin offices partner with Cedar Hills Elementary School in Oak Creek, focusing on peer-mentoring with fourth- and fifth-grade students. Kids meet every Tuesday for one hour, eat a healthy snack and meet with their mentor. "It's the highlight of my week to see how happy they are to be here, seeing all their smiling faces," said Toni Hamrick, Time to Read program coordinator for Northwestern …
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Scholarships awarded to children of company employees and retirees.
Two students with Oak Creek ties were among the 50 recipients of scholarships awarded by the Northwestern Mutual Foundation. Oak Creek High School graduate Nicholas Greysen and Oak Creek resident Evan Johnson, who attended St. Thomas More High School, were each awarded scholarships given to children of Northwestern Mutual employees and retirees. Greyson is attending the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, while Johnson is enrolled at St. Norbert College. The Northwestern Mutual Foundation awarded a total of $400,000 in scholarships to southeastern Wisconsin residents. Do you have good news to share with the community? Make sure to take advantage of our announcements feature or email email@example.com.