County Board approves Park East Square

The Milwaukee County Board voted last week to approve a revised development agreement for the Park East Square project, a 181-unit apartment development planned in the Park East Corridor. Supervisors John Weishan Jr. and Willie Johnson Jr. cast the only “no” votes.

The project is planned for a block bounded by Milwaukee, Jefferson and Lyon streets and Ogden Avenue. It has been delayed for years because Oak Park, Ill.-based RSC & Associates has been unable to obtain financing.

RSC added Wauwatosa-based Wangard Partners as a partner for the project. However, members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) objected because Wangard replaced a unionized janitorial firm with a non-union firm to handle cleaning services at the 875 East office building at 875 E. Wisconsin Ave. in downtown Milwaukee.

After delaying a decision on the matter, the project was approved by the County Board’s Ecomonic and Community Development Committee and then the full County Board.

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