Council, School Board Will Discuss Redevelopment Options

The Civic Center and Delphi sites are focus of Jan. 30 meeting.

The Oak Creek Common Council and School Board will hold a joint meeting Monday to discuss redevelopment options at the former Delphi site, 7929 S. Howell Ave., and the Civic Center site at the corner of Howell and Puetz.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria of , 340 E. Puetz Road. It will be televised on the city's public access channels (channel 25 on Time Warner Cable and channel 99 on AT&T Uverse).

Though no expansion of the high school is imminent, one scenario city officials want to discuss is whether the district would, at some point, be interested in expanding the school onto the Civic Center site. (School officials say OCHS is near capacity now and project enrollment will continue to increase.)

The Oak Creek-Franklin School District owns 50 acres of land near Oakwood and Howell avenues that was designated for a second high school. If it instead chose to expand the current school, those 50 acres could then be used for private development. 

So far, reaction to that proposal has been mixed. Monday night's meeting could go a long way in determining the likelihood of it coming to fruition.

While that option has been the most discussed, it's not the only possibility out there. Some others:

  • The city hall and library stay where they are.
  • The city hall and library move to Delphi and the Civic Center site is developed into commercial properties.
  • One of the buildings (most likely city hall) stays at the Civic Center site and the other goes to Delphi.

City officials hope the council's decision on where to put the library and city hall comes sooner rather than later. The council could decide as early as Feb. 7, its next regularly-scheduled meeting.

So, it should be an interesting meeting on Monday. The city has been criticized at times for trying make plans on behalf of the school district. Whether that's fair or not, we should get a better idea of where school officials stand on things and where the city will go from here.

Mary Lee Marnocha-Barrett January 31, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Thanks I was frantically looking for it.
Oak Creek Fan January 31, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Where was the District Administrator? The School Board looked pretty pathetic and getting run over.
OC Mom January 31, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I agree with OC Fan - where was Burmeister?? She should have been there and the School Board did come across as pretty passive about the whole situation. Not good considering they stated the high school's functional capacity is 2000 and current enrollment is already passed that and projected to increase!
Jeff January 31, 2012 at 04:27 PM
OC Fan and OC Mom - You both are spot on. Plan C looks so promising in the way it was presented and the $$ saved/earned, but there was no mention of how much $$ needs to be put into an addition on the high school, or of the cost to move/build the School District office to the Howell and Puetz site, or if the 7 acres there will even be enough for a school addition that can house the anticipated enrollment. City Hall and the Library need to be replaced, but there are still too many "What if's" and "Could be's" in the plans as presented last night. A decision needs to be made, but it does NOT need to be made on February 7th! Let's wait until after the April elections, when we, the citizens of OC, will have a Mayor elected by the people, and a full school board also elected by the people.
Mark Schaaf January 31, 2012 at 05:30 PM
BTW- should have a recap of the forum up later today/tonight. Quite a lot of info and viewpoints packed into 2 1/2 hours.


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