Oak Creek — Drexel Town Square is constantly changing with new businesses consistently opening.
Soon it will be easier for visitors to Oak Creek's mixed-use development to check out some of the newest offerings with Main Street opening in November, according to former City Administrator Gerald Peterson.
Additionally, Blair Williams of WiRED Properties, one of the developers at Drexel Town Square, gave an update at an Oct. 18 common council meeting as to what's coming soon.
Pizza Man should be opening at the end of November and Mode, a women's clothing boutique, is expected to open in early January 2017, Williams said.
He also said Performance Running Outfitters and Gigi's Cupcakes are "on the verge of opening." Ly Ly Nails and Spa are also working toward their buildout, Williams said.
Regarding the apartment portion of the development, Williams said the building on the west side of Main Street is open, with two residents living there already and two more getting ready to move in.
"We anticipate both buildings will be open, with occupants, well before Christmastime," Williams said.
Williams said about 30 percent of their inquiries for apartments are coming from people out of the area with positive reactions.
"We're enjoying a moment now where, when you look on the map, Oak Creek makes all the sense its always made in terms of proximity to transit on the freeway, to the airport, to downtown," he said. "The story has actually become truly compelling."
Mayor Steve Scaffidi called WiRED's development work "outstanding."
For the next phase, WiRED will close on land north on Drexel Avenue on either side of Main Street soon, according to Williams. He said four buildings are planned for three parcels as previously approved by the plan commission.
The first building would be near Drexel Avenue and Sixth Street. Williams said they will have four tenants in that building with three almost signed. He declined to comment on which tenants were interested in the location. However, he did say he hopes to start construction next month.
Two buildings would be constructed west of Main Street – one earmarked for a restaurant, the other for retail. The fourth building is planned to be 10,000 square feet on the east side of Main Street.
For those, Williams is hoping to start construction in the second quarter of 2017.
In September, BelAir Cantina and The Chocolate Factory both opened. Williams said both businesses are doing well, adding that he saw a line at both businesses prior to the Oct. 18 council meeting.
Signs of trouble
There were a few issues, as of late, regarding sign permits and requests from businesses coming to Drexel Town Square.
"We've had quite a bit of miscommunication," said Alderman Dan Bukiewicz about signage requirements along Main Street. "We need that kind of ironed out."
Williams said "fully finalized master signage criteria" is now being used by staff for any signage application.
"Signage is always complicated," Williams added.