Thursday, September 27, 2012
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Developer Barry Mandel offered historic buildings free to anyone with a plan to save them. John Gee has stepped forward, and it could also be the salvation of Innovation Park. But the effort is not without significant cost.
The challenges are great, the prospects uncertain, the result of success or failure — possibly immense. An 11th-hour plan for saving the Eschweiler Buildings on the County Grounds in Wauwatosa has gained enough momentum for the city, the property owner and the proposed developer to all get on board. In the process, it could be the key to keeping UWM's Innovation Park from dematerializing. The challenge is the cost — from $10 million upward, probably all in donated funds. John Gee, the executive director of the Forestry Exploration Center — itself still a concept — had proposed building the center and an associated charter school as new construction on Department of Natural Resources land north of Swan Boulevard. Now, Gee says that instead …