UWM Innovation Campus
UWM Real Estate Foundation, owner of the property in the northeast quadrant of Hwy 45 and Watertown Plank Road, is working cooperatively with the City of Wauwatosa, the County of Milwaukee, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) to be a good steward of the land and invest in the future of our community.
These groups, along with the Habitat Restoration Team including representatives from Milwaukee County Parks, the Milwaukee Public Museum’s curatorial staff and Friends of the Monarch Trail, have worked together to find a balance between economic development, conservation, recreation space and residents. The vitality of this area will grow property value, add jobs, protect the designated Monarch Butterfly Habitat and add more park space and walking trails.
The approximately 88 acre site contains:
• Habitat Protection Area
• Common Areas (roadway, storm water sewers and right-of-way)
• Residential Zone
• Technology Development Zone (research park)
• DOT Hwy 45 Interchange Improvements
• County Grounds Park
What’s Going On Here?
Construction Activity Continues on UWM Innovation Campus
Having two weeks of predominantly good weather has increased the construction activity throughout the campus.
The roadway is now clearly taking shape as contractors are cutting into the hill to provide a new slope down to the road. The soil removed to establish the grade for the new road is used to fill the ravine. Manholes 5 and 7 are in place and the sewer is proceeding to the north. The topsoil removal and grading is now clearly visible from both Swan Boulevard and Watertown Plank Road.
UWM Accelerator Building:
Footings and foundation walls are installed for most of the building perimeter and interior column footings are in process.
Footings and foundations are in process for this building as well and the exterior foundation walls are being formed and poured.
Monarch Trail Habitat:
The UWM Field Station / Habitat team has prepared much of the east 2013 planting areas for native seeding this summer by spraying the area for non-native invasive plants producing the brown matted perimeter that is visible inside the fence.
Please check this web page often for updates or sign up for the online service, Notify Me, which will send you an email or a phone text any time project updates are posted.
Access to the Butterfly Habitat
The public will be able to walk in the Monarch Butterfly Habitat during construction. For your safety and protection of the Habitat, please enter the Habitat by walking around the construction fencing along Watertown Plank Road and west of the gated road. Please see the map
Access for Dog Walkers
The public and their pets will be able to walk on the County Grounds Park. For your safety and the safety of your dogs, we recommend they be on a 6-foot leash anywhere near the construction site. It’s also recommended you choose other areas of the County Grounds away from the construction site to exercise your dog or any the Milwaukee County Dog Exercise Areas
(DEA). The closest DEA is in Currie Park at the intersection of Mayfair Road and Capitol Drive. Permits are for sale inside the County Grounds Parks Administration building.
Access for Walkers, Bikers, Runners and Park Lovers
For your safety during construction, please stay away from the fenced and designated construction areas. You may choose to use the Oak Leaf Trail
which features 114 miles of multiple loops through all the major parkways and parks in the system.