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Oak Creek — Aurora Health Care is planning to renovate a 30,000-square-foot building at the corner of Ryan Road and Howell Avenue to replace its existing health care clinic on Puetz Road.

The expected cost of the project comes to $17 million.

“It’s a terrific use of that corner,” said Mayor Steve Scaffidi, who added many residents had been asking about the “troublesome” corner for a long time.

The new location offers an additional 20,000-square-feet of space compared to the Aurora Lakeshore Medical Clinic at 331 E. Puetz Road, according to city documents.

Redeveloping site

The Oak Creek Common Council approved a certified survey map to combine four parcels into one – 200 and 228 E. Ryan Road and 9444 and 9454 S. Howell Ave. – at its Nov. 1 meeting. The remaining address for the 4.7-acre parcel would be 200 E. Ryan Road.

Aurora plans to knock down two smaller buildings on the newly combined site and renovate the third, three-story building.  Representatives from Aurora at the council meeting confirmed the buildings should be demolished by the end of the year.

Scaffidi was pleased to hear this. Previously, at the Oct. 25 plan commission meeting, he said the project was “long overdue” as well as an “eagerly anticipated update.”  The plan commission unanimously recommended approval to combine the parcels to the council.

Part of the reason for combining the parcels was to expand parking to the west and north on the site bringing the total count to 220 spaces. According to city documents, approximately eight physicians and 30 caregivers are expected to work on-site between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.

'Future growth'

The third story of the remaining building would be “set aside for future growth,” according to a submission to the city by Aurora for the project. It further states the structure would look like it does now with most renovations inside. Painting and soffit replacement is being considered as well, but colors would remain the same.

“As a longtime member of the Oak Creek community, Aurora looks forward to the opportunity to expand services and improve health care access to residents of the city of Oak Creek and surrounding communities,” the document reads.

The agenda for the plan commission meeting Nov. 8 listed a review of site and landscaping plans.  The common council expected to take it up at their next meeting.

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