Site plans approved for Milwaukee Job Corps site

The Milwaukee Common Council recently approved the detailed plan development for the Milwaukee Job Corps project.

The eight-building, 155,000-square-foot complex will be built on a vacant 25 acre site southwest of North 60th Street and Green Tree Road. Construction is expected to begin this fall and be complete in 2010.

The property is part of the 65-acre former Bacher Farms property that the city of Milwaukee acquired from James Cape & Sons Co., when the company went bankrupt. The rest of the property will be used for future commercial development.

The $28 million Job Corps facility will have classrooms, training shops, dormitories, a cafeteria and recreational facilities in a campus setting similar to a junior college.

The Jobs Corps facility will be part of a national vocational job training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor. The program is designed to provide low-income youth, 16 to 24 years old, with education, job training and job placement services for a variety of industries.

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