After considerable analysis, public input and discussion, the Milwaukee 440th Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA) has selected Alternative A - Aviation Reuse as the most appropriate plan for the redevelopment of the 102-acre property. Read the plan...
The redevelopment plan was submitted by the U.S. Air Force to the Department of Defense for their review. Once adopted by the federal government, the property will be conveyed to Milwaukee County.
Alternative A - Aviation Reuse
The Preferred Plan most closely aligns with the LRA’s goals, which focus on economic development through job retention/generation using the existing base facilities, and long-term airport growth that critically supports the local and regional economy. The Preferred Plan recognizes and supports the documented need of General Mitchell International Airport for a future parallel runway to ensure safety and provides capacity for future growth of passengers and operations, as called for in the most recent Airport Master Plan Update.
The Plan allows for the rapid reuse of existing buildings and facilities, most of which are currently in good condition, thereby encouraging replacement of the 300+ direct jobs that were lost as a result of the BRAC action closing the 440th Air Reserve Station, achieving the LRA’s economic development goals.
The Preferred Plan provides opportunities for Milwaukee area educational institutions to expand teaching opportunities and to enhance research and development contracts, including those supported by the Department of Defense.
Background and facility information
In September 2005, the US Department of Defense recommended the closure of the 440th Air Reserve Base, which is located in the city of Milwaukee. The 440th property contains approximately 102 acres and is developed with approximately 465,000 square feet of built space in 93 buildings, along with supporting streets and parking areas, full utilities, and approximately 20 acres of aircraft parking apron with direct access to General Mitchell International Airport. It is rectangular shaped (approximately 2,300 feet east to west and 1,750 feet north to south) with entrances located on East College Avenue and S. Howell Avenue. There is also an extension of the property to the north along the airport boundary. Read more...