Drexel Town Square Development

The Drexel Town Square project is the development of an 85 acre lot on the corner of Drexel Avenue and South Howell Avenue. The project has been led by WISPARK, LLC. The site is the former home to a Delphi manufacturing facility. It is considered to be a "hybrid" development as it combines many elements of retail, urban and downtown into the project, with the vision of creating a true downtown for the city of Oak Creek. The eastern portion will be for a Meijer store, with outlots for restaurants and retail. The middle portion will include retail, residential, hotel, city hall, public library and a town square. The western portion will include a medical building, high-end apartments and a wetland complex with walking trails. The total value of the project is approximately $175 million dollars.

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Gateway to Milwaukee and Aerotropolis Milwaukee

The Gateway to Milwaukee seeks to enhance the economic vitality of the business district surrounding General Mitchell International Airport, which spans 5 municipalities, including the South Suburban Chamber member communities of Oak Creek and Franklin.  To accomplish this, the Gateway addresses safety issues by employing a security patrol vendor every night, creating communication tools between the hotels in the area, and offering a security system grant.  The Gateway also enhances the image of the area by planning and funding the landscaping improvements around the airport.  In the coming years, efforts will be made to beautify East Layton and South Howell Avenues.  A concerted effort has been made to organize the multiple hotel operators in order to create a joint marketing plan, which has been supported by grants from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.  In 2015, the Gateway will unveil the Stay, Park, Play travel campaign which is aimed at increasing the amount of travelers staying in airport area hotels.  The Gateway also seeks to create an environment that is supportive of business growth, and in support of this goal becomes involved with efforts to improve transit, workforce development, permitting, business technical assistance, marketing, and acting as a liaison to various levels of government.  Please visit www.gatewaytomilwaukee.com for further information. 

Aerotropolis Milwaukee is a public-private partnership focused around General Mitchell International Airport to promote economic development based upon the benefits of transportation access.  The Milwaukee area is fortunate to have multi-modal transportation access for the movement of raw materials, people, and finished goods.  This aspect of the region can be enhanced through advocacy for the success of these transportation modes, improving the attractiveness of the business corridors around the modes, creating sites dedicated for businesses that need multi-modal access, and coordinating the land use plans for the many communities that exist in the area to allow for such development to occur.   Working collaboratively on this effort are representatives from business, local government, state government, and transportation operators such as General Mitchell and the Port of Milwaukee.  Please visit www.aerotropolismke.com for further information.

The Oak Creek Common Council endorsed this plan at its April 18, 2017 meeting.

Lake Vista, formerly Lakeview Village - Urban Land Institute/City of Oak Creek

Over the past several months, the City has been engaging the public in commenting about the upcoming development of the lakefront which will be known as the Lake View Village. The plan calls for opening up the lakefront to the public by providing ample open space for a variety of recreational and civic activities. It also allows for private investment in appropriate areas, and is sensitive to the environmental challenges of the site. To learn more about the Lake View Village development, please visit: http://www.oakcreekwi.org/communitydevelopment/index.htm.


The mission of MetroGo! is to engage and inspire people in creating a regional transit network that fuels the economy and workforce growth, and builds vibrant, connected communities throughout the 6-county metro Milwaukee area.  Transit is an economic, workforce and quality of life catalyst that positions Southeastern Wisconsin for success as a highly competitive region in the global economy. MetroGo! leads and engages people in creating and advancing a collaborate, innovative, transformational regional transit agenda.  The MetroGo! Board of Directors includes business leaders from throughout the Milwaukee region. Advising the Board is the Regional Transit Leadership Council, which serves as a vital broad-based, transparent, diverse, and representative group for the entire region and is a source of regional communications, credibility, visibility and influence.  It provides a communications platform for dialog, informing members, gaining strategic insights about the diverse needs and perspective throughout the region. The South Suburban Chamber is represented on the MetroGo! Regional Transit Leadership Council. To learn more about transit strategies, solutions and lessons learned both here and in other parts of the country, go to  www.facebook.com/MetroGO!

Oak Creek Lakefront Development

Oak Creek is working to develop lakefront property known as Lake Vista. The property covers 250 acres between Lake Michigan and S. 5th Avenue and N. of East Ryan Road. Almost 100 acres of land that was donated to the city with more than half of the total available for private development.
The Oak Creek Common Council approved spending $14.6 million on the Lake Vista project. The biggest expense will be the $7 million spent on new roads to improve the access to the area. Funds will also be spent on a community park, bluff top views, path to the Bender Park trails in addition to the bluff stabilization. Also, city planners envision business park with light industrial space, condos/apartments with a retail district.
The project will allow lakefront access and private development. The approval of the funding will allow the awarding of contract and begin the design process. Much of the work opening access, creating a recreational area with a playground and restrooms, and stabilizing the bluff including a path are scheduled for completion in late 2015.

Current as of May 2017