Sheboygan Poised to Receive Major Investment to Bolster Health Care and Recreation
February 9, 2015
New, large-scale proposal to spur $86.4 million investment in the city
Sheboygan, Wis. – Today, the Sheboygan Area School District, Aurora Health Care and the City of Sheboygan jointly announced a plan to improve local access to health care while making a major reinvestment in Sheboygan. The proposal calls for a new outpatient surgery center and medical office building in Sheboygan, as well as the construction of upgraded fields for baseball, soccer and football.
Aurora will make a total investment of $86.4 million in the City of Sheboygan, including $5 million towards the development and upgrade of the recreation facilities being relocated. Estimates call for Aurora’s new building to generate more than $200,000 in annual property taxes, adding new and ongoing revenue to the city’s tax base. Operation of the new facility will also add highly skilled jobs in Sheboygan.
“Aurora is dedicated to the health and wellness of this community and we are excited to invest in the future of Sheboygan,” said Dave Graebner, president of Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center. “Our medical campus has been operating at capacity for many years. This multi-faceted proposal will expand patient access to high-quality health care and have a significant positive impact on Sheboygan.”
“This is great news for the city of Sheboygan and the future generations of our community,” said Don Hammond, president of the Sheboygan Common Council. “Today’s proposal is an example of dedicated community partners working together to find creative solutions and long-term benefits for our city.”
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The proposal calls for a series of projects throughout Sheboygan that would provide new, expanded or upgraded facilities at the following sites:
- Aurora Health Care will construct a new outpatient surgery center and medical office building on the western property at Taylor Drive and Saemann Avenue.
- All of the sports fields from the Sheboygan Area School District Field of Dreams will be relocated and upgraded at new sites.
- The Butzen Farm property, which was previously donated to the city for recreational use, will be developed as a 54-acre youth sports complex with soccer fields being relocated from the SASD Field of Dream property. This site includes future plans to become the new home for Lakeshore United F.C. and Sheboygan Youth Football.
- Two upgraded baseball and soccer fields will be moved across Taylor Drive.
- The existing baseball field at Roosevelt Park will be upgraded.
- The community gardens, currently located at Taylor Street and Saemann Avenue, will be relocated to property next to Optimist Park and will be enhanced with a new gravel parking lot.
“We are happy to work with Aurora as they expand in our community in a way that will benefit the local economy,” said David Gallianetti, president of the Sheboygan Area School District Board of Education. “There are many winners in this project.”
Pending approvals, construction will begin this summer.
About Aurora Health Care:
Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin-area health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve health care quality. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Aurora is Wisconsin’s most comprehensive health care provider and the state’s largest private employer. Aurora serves more than 1.2 million patients every year via a comprehensive network of facilities, services and providers, including 15 hospitals, 159 clinics, 70 pharmacies and 30,000 amazing Caregivers. As evidenced by more than 400 active clinical trials, Aurora is dedicated to delivering innovations to provide the best possible care today, and to define the best care for tomorrow. Get helpful health and wellness information via the Aurora MyHealth blog, our Facebook page, our Twitter account and our Pinterest account.