Bay View Compass: “We Energies 90 acres no longer part of Cardinal Stritch University expansion plan in St. Francis”

This is pretty big news. And it might just mean that the last natural grassland in Milwaukee County has been preserved from development — for now.

From the Bay View Compass:

In July 2008, Cardinal Stritch University began negotiations with the Archdiocese of Milwaukee to purchase the Cousins Center at 3501 S. Lake Drive in St. Francis. The 415,000 square foot building has been underutilized for years and the Archdiocese wanted to sell the property. The purchase agreement under negotiation was contingent upon also buying approximately 90 acres to the south of the Cousins Center owned by We Energies, for use as athletic fields on the new campus.

As it gathered more information about the We Energies land, the University decided against purchasing the property because of the current downturn in the economy. The Board believes that this is the time to be prudent and develop the best fiscal plan for the new campus.

I will use this opportunity to call for the State of Wisconsin to purchase the land and permanently preserve it in its natural state. And I will be speaking to my state senator and representative about this.

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Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.