Economic Development Updates

the Oshkosh chamber of commerce is the leading advocate and champion for business interests and economic development activities on behalf of more than 1,000 members.

 

11.5.2019

Construction Strong in Oshkosh

The Wisconsin Department of Revenue recently released the official 2019 new construction statistics which is a summary of 2018 activity.  Oshkosh commercial construction numbers continued to be strong in 2018 with $35.6 million in new construction which was 3rd among neighboring Fox Valley municipalities.

Since 2008, Oshkosh has led the region in new commercial construction with $392 Million. The breakdown is as follows:

Oshkosh $392 million
Appleton $386 million
Green Bay $385 million
Fond du Lac $260 million
Neenah $111 million

Extreme Customs Construction Begins

The Extreme Customs project, in the former JC Penney’s and Miles Kimball Outlet Store location, held a Demolition Day on October 14. The Demolition Day marked the beginning of the construction process for their expansion project.  Extreme Customs plans to renovate the 60,000 sq. ft. space and relocate their existing business to the facility. This $5.6 million project will retain 40 jobs in Oshkosh and will position the company for future growth.  CR Structures Group is the general contractor for the project.

 

10.3.2019
So far in 2019, the Oshkosh Chamber has worked with 78 business cases relative to site location and property sales, financing, business expansion, general market research, and entrepreneurial support.

Evco Plastics Expanding

Evco Plastics, recently broke ground on a new 31,025 square foot expansion in Oshkosh. which will position the company to meet the increasing demand for large-part molding across a variety of industries and applications.  The addition will be operational by January of 2020 and will include a total of over 116,000 square feet when completed.

Greene’s Pour House to Locate in Former Granary

Greene’s Pour House, announced that they will be locating in the former Granary Restaurant at 44 W. 6th Avenue in Oshkosh.  Greene’s has been operating in downtown Neenah for the past 7 years.  It is anticipated that the Oshkosh location will be open by November 1, 2019.

Chick-fil-A Eyeing Spot on Oshkosh’s West Side

Chick-fil-A is considering a site next to the new Verve location on N. Washburn in Oshkosh.  The project was slated for discussion at the October 1st Oshkosh Planning Commission meeting.  A timeline has not yet been set for when the restaurant could open.

Chick-fil-A opened its first location in northeast Wisconsin, in the Fox Cities, last month. The location is on College Avenue, off I-41 in Grand Chute.

9.4.2019
So far in 2019, the Oshkosh Chamber has worked with 74 business cases relative to site location and property sales, financing, business expansion, general market research, and entrepreneurial support.

 

Mineshaft Project Breaks Ground

Construction began on the new 35,626 square foot Mineshaft Restaurant project at the former Aviation Plaza site.  A groundbreaking ceremony was held on August 1st with the developer agreement being approved by the Oshkosh Common Council on August 13th.  This long-awaited $16.3 million project will help to transform a major southwest gateway into the City of Oshkosh at the I-41/Highway 44 Interchange.  The Oshkosh Chamber had been assisting the Mineshaft ownership regarding a potential Oshkosh location since 2012 and is excited that this project will create a regional family entertainment venue that currently does not exist in our market.  The Mineshaft is expected to draw over 300,000 people annually from outside of a 10-mile radius of Oshkosh and create up to 200 new jobs.

 

Extreme Customs Project Moving Forward

Extreme Customs also received approval of its developer agreement on August 13th.  They are planning to renovate the vacant and former 60,000 square foot JC Penney building and relocate their existing business to the facility.  Extreme Customs will have a retail presence there and will also be expanding its internet based sales and distribution business that includes wheels, tires, lift kits, and accessories to the site.  This $5.6 million project will retain 40 jobs in Oshkosh and positions the company for future growth.

 

Joy Hannemann of Merge Urban Development speaks to the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Advisory Council about plans for the Marion Road site.

Merge Urban Development receives Approval

The Merge Urban Development project received approval of its developer on August 13 by the Oshkosh Common Council.  The project that is being developed in the Marion Road Redevelopment area along the banks of the Fox River and Oshkosh’s Jackson Street corridor.  It will include up to 240 new residential units, 38,000 square feet of commercial space with a total project value over $40 million.  The entire project timeline could take up to 4.5 years.  The Oshkosh Chamber is proud to have worked very closely through our referral partner network to identify the Merge Development team to help cultivate its interest in Oshkosh.

 

 

Oshkosh Chamber Provides Two $50,000 Small Business Loans

The Oshkosh Chamber recently closed two $50,000 loans through Oshkosh Area Economic Development Corp RLF Fund to facilitate expansions for Adventure Games and Green 3.  Adventure Games will be relocating and expanding its business from 927 Oregon Street to 408 N. Main Street this September.  Adventure Games is a local game store that offers board games, hobbies, and dedicated open gaming space.  Green 3 was founded in Oshkosh in 2006 and has a local retail presence at 2325 St. Road 44.  They will be utilizing these loan funds to expand their business in its transition from a mainly wholesale company to a direct to consumer Amazon focused retail company.

Happening Around Oshkosh

  • Bank First construction continues on new 6,800 sq. ft. offices at 1159 N. Koeller St.
  • Alro Steel construction continues on new 195,000 sq. ft. facility near Ripple Ave./Poberezny Rd.
  • Shea Electric remodeling work continues at 3175 Atlas Ave.
  • Town of Algoma Approved Lakevista Estates Development – 44.4 Acres for Single Family and Two Family
  • Mobil Station demolished for a new bank at 2020 S. Koeller St.
  • O-Town Iron to locate at Fair Acres Shopping Center– 10,000 square feet
  • Blades and Boards opened at 2283 State Road 44
  • Adventure Games to expand to 408 N. Main St.
  • Construction began on the new 52 unit, 40,000 square foot Mathews Senior Living project on N. Jackson St.
  • Construction began on the Fresenius Kidney Care and Dialysis Services project on Old Omro Road.
  • Re-Construction continues on Five Below and Ulta
  • Gabe’s Wisconsin Kitchen and Tavern opened at 1160 N. Westhaven Dr. on Sept 3

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8.1.2019
So far in 2019, the Oshkosh Chamber has worked with 62 business cases relative to site location and property sales, financing, business expansion, general market research, and entrepreneurial support.

Aviation Plaza Development   
Over $22 Million in total investment. The Oshkosh Common Council approved the creation of TIF #37 to support the Mineshaft Entertainment/Extreme Customs/Rogan’s Project at the former Aviation Plaza site on July 23rd. Approved on a 7-0 vote.

Mineshaft Restaurant and Entertainment Project
The Oshkosh Chamber has been assisting the Mineshaft ownership regarding a potential Oshkosh location since 2012
35,000 sq. ft. restaurant and entertainment project   $16.3 Million – expand to 60,000 square feet

  • Expected to draw over 300,000 people annually from outside of a 10-mile radius of Oshkosh
  • Create 150-200 new jobs
  • Creation of a regional family entertainment venue that currently does not exist in the market
  • Major Oshkosh gateway enhancement – I-41/Highway 44 interchange
  • A groundbreaking ceremony was held on August 1

Extreme Customs

  • Tires, Wheels, Suspensions, and Accessories
  • Retains 40 employees and growing
  • On-line based sales and will have a retail presence in former 60,000 square foot JC Penney building

A $500,000 WEDC Idle Sites grant has been approved to help with project infrastructure

  • The Idle Sites Redevelopment Program offers grants up to $500,000 to Wisconsin communities for the redevelopment of sites that have been idle, abandoned or underutilized for a period of at least five years. Grants can assist with rehab or infrastructure improvements, demolition, and environmental remediation.

The TIF approval was for approximately $1.7 Million. This will be a pay-go TIF with a short payback cycle time to help with stormwater issues on-site and water lines and other code compliance. All TIF eligible costs are financed by the developer upfront. There are site issues that have to be dealt with – water hookups and stormwater management compliance issues

The MERGE DEVELOPMENT project was approved on June 11

  • Potential for 238 units and $32 MM
  • Phase I would include 111 units at the intersection of Jackson Street and Marion Road
  • Second building a 5 story multi-use with 9 walkup residential units on the ground floor and 29 upper floor units
  • Third building would be a two-story row home building with 8 residential units
  • Another building on the corner of Jackson/Marion could be 2 story’s with 14 residential on upper
  • Council approved the project and TIF up to a $9.8 Million on June 11

Potential for Development at Pioneer Inn Site

  • Developer Art Dumke
  • Micro-resort Concept
  • $12 Million development
  • 2 new piers and 80 new Boat Slips
  • Event tent rental and Glamping Sites
  • 12 new extended-stay suites to house marina operations staff with public use options
  • Two observation towers connected by a zip-line
  • Outdoor swimming pool with recreational condos
  • Other Entertainment Options

2019 Oshkosh Development Highlights

  • Construction continues on the 190,000 sq. ft. Oshkosh Corporation Global Headquarters
  • Blades and Boards Opened on Highway 44
  • Caseys General Store on Jackson Opened – May 30th
  • Verve opening a new branch on S. Washburn near Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • TJ’s Highland Steakhouse opened
  • Bank First under construction – 6800 square foot offices – 1159 N. Koeller  – Open by end of year
  • Alro Steel under construction – 150,000 sq. ft. facility- Ripple/Poberezny
  • Shea Electric Work under construction at 3175 Atlas Avenue
  • Remodeling work underway at former A&E Jewelers for new Home Care Assistance offices
  • Home Goods next to Hobby Lobby Opened June 23
  • Construction well underway for Casey’s General Store on Oshkosh Ave. $3.5 Million
  • O-Town Iron to locate at Fair Acres – 10,000 square feet
  • Ulta under construction
  • Town of Algoma Approved Lakevista Estates Development – 44.4 Acres
  • Single Family and Two Family
  • Dynamic Drinkware relocated to Avalon Papers Building
  • Plan Commission Approvals for a Bank at 2020 S. Koeller
  • Pixel’s Arcade Opened in Witzel center
  • Construction began on the new 52 unit, 40,000 square foot Mathews Senior Living project on N. Jackson Street
  • Construction began on the Fresenius Kidney Care and Dialysis Services project on Old Omro Road.

Current City of Oshkosh Unemployment Rate for June was 3.6% down from 3.7% in June of 2018. There are currently 142 less City residents working this year compared to last year. There are 176 fewer people in the labor force

Winnebago County Unemployment Rate for June was 3.3% down from 3.4% in June 2018. There are currently 375 fewer county residents working this year over last year. There are 506 fewer people in the labor force.

 

6.27.2019
So far in 2019, the Oshkosh Chamber has worked with 54 business cases relative to site location and property sales, financing, business expansion, general market research, and entrepreneurial support.

  • Currently working on 18 Active Projects
  • Oshkosh Chamber staff attended the annual ICSC RECON real estate trade show May 19-22. Connected with real estate professionals from throughout the country to discuss expansion plans, site locations, and present development opportunities in Oshkosh.
  • Over the past month, we toured eight commercial properties with owners and brokers relative to property leasing and sales
  • Provided pre-development assistance and support for the potential Aviation Plaza redevelopment project that could result in over $20 million invested in Oshkosh, add over 100 new jobs and retain 32 jobs.
  • Met with representatives of the Merge Urban Development Group team to provide pre- development assistance and market analysis support. Phase I of the project for 111 new multi-family residential units at the corner of Jackson Street and Marion Road was approved on June 11 by the Oshkosh Common Council. The development could ultimately add a total of 238 residential units, 22,000 square feet of commercial space, and include over $32 million in investment.
  • Oshkosh Chamber staff Testified at Wisconsin’s Joint Committee on Finance meeting in Green Bay in support of TIF and the Manufacturing and Ag Tax Credit programs that benefit our local businesses.
  • Construction began on the new 52 unit, 40,000 square foot Mathews Senior Living project on Jackson Street.
  • Construction began on the Fresenius Kidney Care and Dialysis Services project on Old Omro Road.
  • Casey’s General Store is now open on Jackson St. along with the new Verve, a Credit Union location on S. Washburn St. and HomeGoods on S. Koeller St.
  • Oshkosh’s May unemployment rate was 2.7% unchanged from a year ago with employment at 33,799.