The former Amcast
building is part of the parcel at Hamilton Road and
Johnson Street slated for redevelopment.
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CEDARBURG — The Cedarburg Community Development
Authority recently approved a developer’s agreement for
the redevelopment of the Meta Mold/Amcast property.
very optimistic about the progress that’s been made,”
said developer DJ Burns, president of Drake Consulting
Group LLC in Thiensville, who has been working with the
city for a number of years on these efforts. “This is a
project that will broaden Cedarburg’s tax base, increase
employment opportunities and put this property back into
better use for the community.”
While still very early in the process, Burns said that
he hoped the two parcels, which are located at Hamilton
Road and Johnson Street, could be developed as a Planned
Burns’ early concept plans include mixed-uses, such as
office, residential, multifamily and possibly even
senior living options. He also hopes to move his own
business to the parcel.
think that’s something that would work really well in
that area,” he said of the senior housing, noting its
proximity to Piggly Wiggly and other retail stores.
present site of the Amcast office building was formerly
the location of the Meta-Mold Aluminum Company, which
started aluminum die-cast facility operations around
1939. The original foundry, formerly located east of the
existing office building, was demolished in the 1970s.
Buildings continue to exist on both parcels that
straddle Hamilton Road, but are in disrepair and would
Burns anticipates that once the project moves forward,
local residents will see an extensive amount of
remediation before reconstruction takes place.
will definitely be an improvement over how it is now,”
Cedarburg Common Council last month approved creating a
tax incremental district on the site, which is one of
numerous steps that will occur prior to remediation and
redevelopment occurring on the site.
Council members John Czarnecki and Rick Verhaalen voted
against the resolution.
planned, the project would require an investment of
$4.54 million from the city with the likelihood that all
project costs would not be recovered.
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