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Numerous elements of Drexel Town Square opened, were announced or broke ground in 2016. Various restaurants including BelAir Cantina and The Chocolate Factory, as well as numerous other businesses like Roots Salon, Forward Dental, Ly Ly Nails and Spa, Martinizing Dry Cleaning, Performance Running Outfitters, and Mode are part of the square.
The apartments opened in August with more wings added later. It was reported during the Barrett Visionary update to the common council in August the apartments are being filled by young professionals, empty nesters, and young families. Many moving in are locals, but a number are also due to job relocation.
The Waters Senior Living was approved for construction in Oak Creek's Drexel Town Square. The facility will be constructed on a 2.54-acre city-owned property at 8000 S. Market St
Mayor Steve Scaffidi said the project 'will add to the overall uniqueness of Drexel Town Square.'
Brian Schack, associate developer at The Waters Senior Living Holdings, previously stated the company has been looking at the Milwaukee area for about a year. He said Drexel Town Square offers many features that attracted their search.
Ground was broken in August for a new hotel, TownePlace Suites by Marriott in Drexel Town Square. The hotel will be four stories tall, 60,500 square feet with 112 units, a pool, fitness center, and other amenities.
Gary Walker of CORE Construction said developers are targeting a mid-August 2017 opening.
Sonic closed their location at 8081 S. Howell Ave. in Oak Creek and soon after Burger King expressed interest. Burger King plans to keep the existing building but wants to add a 66-person interior dining space, said Doug Seymour, director of community development for Oak Creek. The current 36 parking stalls would be reduced to 33.
This summer, the village approved an agreement to fund $1.65 of the $12.8 million to the Festival Foods project through a TIF district.
Festival Foods will take over the old Kmart building along Highway 100, with construction set to begin in 2017.
Aurora Health Care is looking at renovating a 30,000-square-foot building at Ryan Road and Howell Avenue to replace the existing health care clinic on Puetz Road. The new location adds 20,000 square feet of space compared to the previous location at 331 E. Puetz Rd. The new location, a 4.7-acre parcel will be at 200 E. Ryan Rd., a combination of multiple parcels. Aurora plans to knock down two smaller buildings on the newly combined site and renovate the third, three-story building.
WIth a $1.8 million incentive to stay in Oak Creek, Master Lock will be moving into the former Caterpillar property on Howell Ave. The city's common council approved the transfer of a remaining potential $1.8 million incentive to the company for the property in September.
Master Lock Company is expected to move into the new location at the end of the first quarter of 2017.
Pho Ever, 5740 108th St., opened in Hales Corners Aug. 24. The new Vietnamese restaurant specializes in Pho, a traditional Vietnamese noodle soup with various herbs and meat, and offers both dine-in and takeout.