Environmental concerns raised on UWM plan for County Grounds

Published on: 4/22/2010

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's proposal to develop a science research facility, technology-based business park and other buildings at the  Milwaukee County Grounds drew concerns at a public hearing this week.

The hearing is part of the zoning approval process. The Wauwatosa Common Council will decide whether to approve the plan for the 89-acre parcel. The County Board last year approved plans to sell the land, east of U.S. Highway 45 and north of W. Watertown Plank Road, for $13.55 million to UWM Innovation Park LLC, an affiliate of the university's real estate foundation.

"Lack of specific plans, the extent of proposed development and traffic congestion ranked as the most prevalent concerns" among those who spoke at the hearing, says an article in Wauwatosa Now.com, by Stefanie Scott.

The university's plans include a wildlife habitat zone on the parcel.

UWM plans to complete its land purchase by July 31 despite the loss of funding university officials had expected to receive for the project from retired business executive Michael Cudahy.