Oak Creek

City of Oak Creek

It took 10 years and over $7 million to create Lake Vista Park in Oak Creek. The project is far more than a facelift of the 98-acre parcel overlooking Lake Michigan. Back in the 1920s and 1930s, a chemical plant operated there, leaving behind arsenic and other contaminants.

The City of Oak Creek has gradually transformed the lakefront property, featuring tall grasses and native plants. But first crews had to carefully cap most of the site with two-feet of clay.

Mitch Teich

Employees at Oak Creek-based Master Lock will spend the next few weeks getting used to a new workspace.  Starting Monday, the company begins moving into its new corporate headquarters, just a couple miles from its current offices. 

IKEA

If you're a fan of meatballs and do-it-yourself furniture, then get ready. IKEA announced plans for a new store in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Rumors have been circulating for years about a Wisconsin location for the home furnishings store, which plans to open up shop on a 100-acre site currently owned by Northwestern Mutual.

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Oak Creek’s new civic center abounds with sustainable features – natural light pouring into the buildings, LED lights and geothermal heating and cooling. But what has most excited city’s environmental engineer, Susan Winnen, about the new Drexel Town Square development is the wetland.

Located next to the former industrial site, this parcel of land survived decades of intense activity. The 18 acres have now been christened Emerald Preserve.

Ann-Elise Henzl

Leaders of Oak Creek say the Milwaukee suburb is on the verge of a new beginning. The community is developing a main street and city center on land that once housed a massive Delphi plant. 

When the plant closed its doors in 2008, Oak Creek was left with 85 available acres. Leaders eventually came to view it as a massive opportunity, according to Carolyn Esswein. She’s an urban planning professor at UW-Milwaukee, and served as the city's consultant.

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When a major employer closes shop, it can leave a big hole in the community. But a different story is underway in Oak Creek, the sprawling suburb south of General Mitchell International Airport. Leaders there believe the city is turning a major loss into a treasure.

Picture a huge property -- larger than the Summerfest grounds -- that's fallen out of use, right in the heart of town. That's what happened in Oak Creek in 2008, when the former Delphi plant closed.

In its heyday, the enormous factory on the corner of Howell and Drexel employed more than 6,000 people.

Erin Toner

The Sikh community is gathering this weekend to honor the memory of loved ones who died one year ago. 

Ann-Elise Henzl

It was one year ago that a white supremacist walked into the Oak Creek Sikh temple, opened fire, and killed six worshippers.

Ann-Elise Henzl

Monday is the first anniversary of the deadly shooting at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek.

Oak Creek Police Lt. Brian Murphy says he will retire from the force on June 12.