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Milwaukee County Board tackles development issues

By Joe Lanane

The Milwaukee County Board narrowly delayed a request to obtain a 2008 consultant’s report about patient safety at the Behavioral Health Complex that audit officials say would be helpful in its ongoing investigation.

The resolution came as a result of refusal by county lawyers to release reports detailing an independent investigation done two years ago. Department of Audit director Jerry Heer said it was the first time in 30 years his office has ever encountered such reluctance from county representation.

The information would not be made public. Rather, it would be utilized in an ongoing audit being conducted on safety policies and procedures the department is expected to release this month.

The Milwaukee County Board unanimously approved an extension Thursday for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to purchase County Grounds property for its proposed Innovation Park project. (Rendering courtesy of the city of Milwaukee)

The Milwaukee County Board unanimously approved an extension Thursday for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to purchase County Grounds property for its proposed Innovation Park project. (Rendering courtesy of the city of Milwaukee)

• In addition, the Board unanimously approved an extension for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to purchase County Grounds property for its proposed Innovation Park project. Supervisor John Weishan said it is the last time he will grant such an extension, suggesting the county seek alternative investors if the sale is not made final by the end of the year.

• Formal support was also gained on Milwaukee’s Gateway Aerotropolis, making Milwaukee County the final partner to join the collaborative planning efforts to develop land near the General Mitchell International Airport. They are joined by the city of Milwaukee, Cudahy, Franklin, Greendale, Greenfield, Oak Creek, South Milwaukee and St. Francis.

• The Board also extended a deadline for a Park East corridor developer to obtain lending toward an 85-unit workforce residential apartment building that will also include retail space and below-ground parking. RSC & Associates will have until March 30, 2011, to obtain enough money to move forward on purchase the half-acre property located between North Jefferson, North Milwaukee and East Lyon streets and East Ogden Avenue.

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