Milwaukee's Parks, Energy and Environment Committee has voted 4-3 to recommend that O'Donnell Park be readied for private redevelopment and a possible sale, though committee members claim they are merely seeking proposals from developers.
A resolution introduced before the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors seeks proposals to fix leaking at O'Donnell Park while also creating a task force to recommend aesthetic and functional improvements.
Hours after Milwaukee County officials voted Thursday against selling O’Donnell Park to Northwestern Mutual, the company announced plans to build parking spaces and a residential and retail development to the west of its downtown Milwaukee property.
Milwaukee County Supervisors Gerry Broderick, Willie Johnson Jr. and Pat Jursik say they will vote against a proposed $14 million sale of O’Donnell Park to Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. Inc., calling the deal inadequate and against public interest.
Following the recommendation of an economic development committee Monday, the sale of the O’Donnell Park parking structure and related land to Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. now depends on the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors.
In the face of support and opposition from dozens of Milwaukee County residents who showed up at a public meeting Wednesday night, a county workgroup said selling O'Donnell Park to Northwestern Mutual would be the most economically feasible option.