West Allis - Easter Seals of Southeastern Wisconsin officials are thinking of moving their headquarters from South Milwaukee to West Allis and adding some adult and children's services.
Though they haven't firmly decided on the move, they wanted to clear away potential objections from the city, which they did last week as the Common Council approved a special-use permit for the proposed site, the former CU Fleet vehicle dealership at 2222 S. 114th St. But the council held up on the needed rezoning until Easter Seals decides it really wants to move.
In the meantime, the city is talking with the tax-exempt society about giving the city a payment in lieu of taxes every year. Such payments are voluntary and the city cannot hold up approvals to get an agreement.
The society is thinking of relocating to the 27,000-square-foot building.The site is zoned for manufacturing, and the areas around it are developed as commercial and light manufacturing.
If the project goes ahead, there would be no noticeable presence until next year, an Easter Seals spokesman said.
Besides moving its headquarters there, it would offer adult day services and occupational and physical therapy for children. The total number of staff would be about 60 to 70, but many of them would be away visiting clients in their homes and would spend relatively little time in the office.
Adult day services would help those with disabilities learn activities of daily living and social skills. They would be brought in by a private transit company.
Children's services would provide speech, occupational and physical therapies for ages 3 and younger, two or three afternoons a week. No more than 25 children would be there at once.
The site offers plenty of parking, officials said.
No one spoke at a public hearing held last week.
- Jane Ford-Stewart
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