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Innovation center plans moving forward in Pleasant Prairie

The Southeast Wisconsin Innovation Center proposed for Pleasant Prairie would offer lab rental space to bio-medical business start-ups. (Rendering courtesy of the village of Pleasant Prairie)

The Southeast Wisconsin Innovation Center proposed for Pleasant Prairie would offer rental space to bio-medical business start-ups. It would be a joint development between the Pleasant Prairie Community Development Authority and the Kenosha Area Business Alliance. (Rendering courtesy of the village of Pleasant Prairie)

By Keith Barber

The Southeast Wisconsin Innovation Center is envisioned as a start-up business incubator for biomedical, life science and biotechnology fields.

The center will be a joint venture between the Kenosha Area Business Alliance and the Pleasant Prairie Community Development Authority. Both would commit $2 million to the project if a $3.5 million federal grant is awarded.

Grant applications have been submitted to the U.S. Economic Development Administration to help finance the project, and approvals will be known within three months.

In addition, the Wisconsin Department of Commerce allocated $70,000 for the project in the current state budget. The center will be owned by the Pleasant Prairie Community Development Authority and operated by the Kenosha Area Business Alliance.

Most recently, the Pleasant Prairie Plan Commission and Village Board approved conceptual plans and a zoning change for the property at 39th Avenue and Springbrook Road.

The one-acre site will allow the Innovation Center to become the anchor building in the Village Green Center, a downtown center that the village has long sought for development. The site was donated by land owners Land & Lakes Development Co., Park Ridge, Ill. Establishment of a TIF District is also being considered for this location.

The building will be a three-story, 40,352-square-foot structure.

The success of the new business incubator is tied to the location of nearby medical supply and pharmaceutical industries, such as Abbott Laboratories and Baxter International.

Keith Barber is a data reporter at The Daily Reporter. He can be reached at (414) 225-1821.

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