Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Between Park and Power Plant: 10 acres in Tosa

A look at the present and uncertain future of the parcel of land between County Grounds Park and We Energies' soon-to-be sold power plant.

View of woodland, Ronald McDonald House in background
One of the last remaining stands of mature trees, along with a valuable wetland, may yet be lost on the Milwaukee County Grounds in Wauwatosa. No, the compromise that established UWM’s Innovation Park development zone and County Grounds Park did not protect all of the undeveloped portions of the long-contested county land, as many have assumed. 

Two unprotected parcels that are among the loveliest in what officially is known as the Northeast Quadrant are located immediately north of the We Energies power plant and Ronald McDonald House (A and B, respectively, on the aerial view below.)

Last week the Economic Development Committee of the Milwaukee County Board voted to recommend the sale of the power plant to the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center (MRMC.) The resolution goes to the full board Thursday, March 26.....

To read the rest of the story please go to Milwaukee Magazine

Here are a few photos that didn't get used by Milwaukee Magazine:

View from Innovation Park of the 10-acre woodland across the fence line enclosing the power plant.

View north from the 10-acre woodland towards County Grounds Park. Recreational users prefer the woodland to this flat section of the park.

The newly built substation that supplies power to the MRMC (via power lines from the grid) in addition to that generated by the coal plant. Viewed from Innovation Park.

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