City of Milwaukee’ Redevelopment Authority plans to acquire 84 acres of former Tower Automotive facility

The city’s Redevelopment Authority has sent out an RFP (Request for Proposals) with regard to its plans to acquire 84 acres of the former Tower Automotive facility near North 31st Street and West Capitol Drive.

Looking at Google Maps in Satellite mode, the area around there looks like an industrial slum. The area between 31st and 35th Street, in particular Townsend Street on the south and Hampton Avenue on the north certainly fits that description: abandoned concrete lots, unknown piles of potentially noxious substances in the buildings (hopefully cleared out long ago), and the soulless remnants of the uninhabited and possibly inhabitable area.

(I wonder what state the Lincoln Creek is in. Lincoln Creek feeds into the Milwaukee River…)

According to an email from the City, “in December 2009. In the coming months RACM will be preparing a number of Request for Proposals (RFPs) and bids for various services and commodities. These services and commodities will assist RACM with the property transition, site management, and various other redevelopment activities.”

“In general, the services will include: site security, plumbing, electrical, landscaping services, asbestos assessment, asbestos abatement, demolition, site maintenance, rehab/construction, environmental services, and others.”

The first RFP being released is for Compliance Monitoring Services. Exciting stuff!

For general information about the 30th Street Industrial Corridor, check out www.mkedcd.org/30thstreet.

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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.