For Sale: $15 Million

Caterpillar-South-Milwaukee

You may have seen this BizTimes story today, detailing the $15 million listing for the 32.5 acres of Caterpillar property — more than 750,000 square feet of buildings — available south of Rawson Avenue.

This is an incredibly complex redevelopment challenge ahead of us, something the likes of which this city has never seen. We are up for it — committed to not standing idly by and simply hoping that something good comes to a property so critical to South Milwaukee’s proud past and promising future.

Our city was born near the Mill Pond. It grew up here. And we are taking real steps to deliver the future we want.

From the story …

South Milwaukee Mayor Erik Brooks and the City Council have been working with Milwaukee-based engineering firm GRAEF since last fall to develop a master plan for the area currently occupied by Caterpillar.

“This is in the heart of our city and the heart of our downtown and we have to play an active role,” Brooks said.

Last week, members of the M7 and WEDC toured the facility. South Milwaukee officials have also toured the former Eaton building, now known as the Century City Tower at 4201 N. 27th St.

Brooks said the city isn’t modeling the Caterpillar site after Century City, but wanted to see how older office buildings have been reused in various ways and also educate themselves about the various development opportunities that could be available.

“I think we have an important voice to play here in transitioning the next generation for the Caterpillar site,” Brooks said. “Losing all of these jobs is a big concern. It is sad what has happened. … I don’t want to forget the toll that this has had on our city. I would much rather have Caterpillar cranking out mining machinery by the dozens than what we are facing now, but we are going to have to deal with what we have.”

In other words, let’s get to work. Check that. We already are.

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20 responses to “For Sale: $15 Million

  1. Cory peterson

    Another place to check out would be Summit Place located in the former Allis Chalmers building at like 69th and Washington in West Allis. They added several floors in the existing buildings and included indoor parking as well as a parking structure. It’s leased out for office space, retail, and Sanford brown college used to be there.

  2. James Strzelecki

    It was a sad day when cat purchased bucyrus International and satyr yet for the city of South Milwaukee!

  3. ANNETTE GIFFORD

    Thanks for your dedication to finding a solution for this dilemna. Yes, we need to come up with some innovative ideas for this property… Like Oak Creek? I think with our city government in place and our fantastic volunteers and our energetic Mayor a solution will be found and our promsing future will be fulfilled. I will try to think of ideas and communicate what I am hearing from others and share those with you . Thanks Eric for caring and doing for our city.

  4. Herald

    Is the lakeshore medical clinic on 15th still open?

  5. Kate

    As soon as they said they were “transitioning” the engineering jobs to Arizona I knew this was coming. Long history in the family of working for BE. A tremendous loss for the community.

  6. Jon Chappel

    We can’t just keep redeveloping into shopping districts and eatery’s. South Milwaukee needs a big name business to come in and commit to good paying jobs and being part of this City’s future as an Anchor to stabilize and grow.

  7. Scott Kowalski

    If it wasn’t in middle of city and the issue to easily access freeway…an Indoor water park with adjoining hotel would’ve been an option. I’m positive we will find a solution.

    • Diane Tatreaux Tatro

      Are you going to work there for minimum wage? So then why should or would anyone else?

      • Tammy Kowalski

        Whose to say it would be minimum wage?!?! Even if it was I’m sure there are people that would be happy to work anywhere they got a paycheck.

  8. Diane Tatreaux Tatro

    It needs to be a manufacturing site owned by a company that can afford to provide forty hour jobs that pay thirty bucks and upward an hour with benefits so people working there can afford the high property taxes, home and rents in South Milwaukee and still feed and school their children.

    • Tammy Kowalski

      I would love to know where in the city there are jobs paying $30 an hour! South Milwaukee’s taxes are not that high compared to other cities; however, I do agree the cost of living is higher than ever but that is everywhere. Be realistic

  9. Dia

    Exactly, where are they? If the city wants to drive people away use the site for a new senior citizen facility or a low income federally funded housing project. Put another strip mall so we have more empty shop windows to check out if our shirts are tucked in. If the city wishes to build a community with a future take the site abandoned by a company who stole our past and sell it to people who actually are forward thinking we won’t have to defend for ravaging Mother Earth through outdated strip mining techniques that leave the environment scared and barren.

    Find a prosperous company who would like to hire from a pool of some of the hottest welders and machinists in the country; a medical research company who can appreciate Marquettes efforts to educate top notch doctors, dentists and/ or attorney’s, UWM’s successful graduates of a science department – pioneer university in the field if atomic research responsible for finding and naming atomic particles. Or perhaps a high tech company producer of solar, wind or other sustainable energy willing to recruit from MSOE and MATC. If that doesn’t grab you pick up some large marketing firms who can hire recent graduates from MIAD to design websites, new product ideas, graphics or assist in the local areas printing indusry and its move to the internet. Then maybe wages which the community should have will be here.

    In 1968 my grandfather retired from Ladish with a pay scale of 16.00 an hour, and diamonds sold for ten dollars a point, and he painted the boiler room. His job wasn’t even considered skilled labor. There are companies that pay thirty dollars an hour and more in the Milwaukee area I just want the same for us. I am sorry no one in your family knows that. Maybe we need people to represent this community who do.

    I guess this “mommy needs vodka too”.

    • Dia

      Oh, as for people aside from high school students looking for Little Caesar money being content to work for minimum wage I am sure this is true. However, minimum wage is not a living wage and it neither puts food on the table nor does it put a roof over ones head. So humble as that may seem, if they don’t know any better than to work for minimum wage we especially need to equip the community with businesses who can look after are working class, those willing to afford employees wages and benefits that do pay the bills and supply their needs.

    • Tammy Kowalski

      No need to attack MY family! We are pretty intelligent people! Like I said though, some people would be happy with minimum wage because that is all they are qualified for and they are still bringing in money for themselves vs living on the system. Just sayin’

  10. Dia

    Oh, as for people aside from high school students looking for Little Caesar money being content to work for minimum wage I am sure this is true. However, minimum wage is not a living wage and it neither puts food on the table nor does it put a roof over ones head. So humble as that may seem, if they don’t know any better than to work for minimum wage we especially need to equip the community with businesses who can look after our working class, those willing to afford employees wages and benefits that do pay the bills and supply their needs.

  11. Dia

    I do not think anyone in this community wants to swim in poverty. To most of the general population in this community that is what minimum wage jobs create, realistically.

  12. Dia

    I am so glad I found this page.

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