Cedarburg CDA approves developer’s agreement for Amcast site

By Laurie Arendt - News Graphic Staff

Nov. 28, 2017

 The former Amcast building is part of the parcel at Hamilton Road and
Johnson Street slated for redevelopment.
News Graphic file photo

CEDARBURG — The Cedarburg Community Development Authority recently approved a developer’s agreement for the redevelopment of the Meta Mold/Amcast property.

“I’m 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 Unit Development.

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.

“I 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.

The 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 be demolished.

Burns anticipates that once the project moves forward, local residents will see an extensive amount of remediation before reconstruction takes place.

“It will definitely be an improvement over how it is now,” he said.

The 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.

As 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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