Wednesday, October 4, 2017

"Foxconn factory to be built in Mount Pleasant; announcement set for Wednesday morning"

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"Over the summer, representatives of Pitts Brothers & Associates, a Kenosha-based real estate firm, began approaching property owners in that slice of southwestern Mount Pleasant, seeking options to buy their land. Some owners signed up quickly, while others held back. 

"Now, it appears the brokers have put together a critical mass of property, paving the way for Wednesday's scheduled announcement.

"Still unknown is just how much land will be dedicated to Foxconn, and possibly for supplier plants that could locate nearby.

"The bloc where Pitts Brothers has sought options contains more than 2,000 acres bounded by Highway 11 on the north, I-94 on the west, Highway KR on the south, and Highway H on the east. A two-lane road, Braun Road, divides the bloc into roughly equal sections of a little more than 1,000 acres each. The northern section includes about 80 acres in Sturtevant.

"In recent weeks, the area has seen a flurry of pre-construction activity — helicopters and drones conducting aerial surveys, drills boring into the soil for samples at multiple points, and crews flagging wetlands.

"Just last week, workers from Nielsen Madsen + Barber, a civil engineering and surveying firm in Racine, spent two days identifying wetlands on one property, a landowner said. After that, he said, a crew from the state Department of Natural Resources came to check the surveying company's work."

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