State To Fund Road, Rails for Komatsu
$1.73 million helps fund lowering S. Kinnickinnic Ave. so trucks can get to huge Komatsu manufacturing campus.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is allocating $1.73 million to support the development of Komatsu Mining‘s South Harbor Campus project, billed as the largest urban manufacturing campus under development in the United States.
The company is constructing a three-story, 176,000-square-foot office building and 430,000-square-foot factory on a 59-acre site at the east end of E. Greenfield Ave. overlooking Milwaukee’s inner harbor.
“Transportation is vital to manufacturers like Komatsu, and to Wisconsin’s other important industry sectors,” said Governor Tony Evers in a statement announcing the grants. “When we improve Wisconsin’s transportation infrastructure, we help our state’s businesses be more competitive. That improves the economy and makes life better for all of us.”
Urban Milwaukee examined the proposed railroad spur, estimated to cost $2.4 million, in February. The spur will connect to the Union Pacific line that bisects the site and allow the company to store up to eight rail cars on site.
That project, which will give trucks access to the south end of the site from Interstate 94’s Becher Street off-ramp, is expected to take place in summer 2022. Road closures are expected, with traffic diverted to S. 1st. St.
When the Komatsu development was announced in 2018, We Energies was to pay for road lowering projects under bridges crossing S. Kinnickinnic Ave. and E. Greenfield Ave. as part of preparing the site. But only the latter project has taken place to date.
The grants build on $59.5 million the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has already awarded the company. The City of Milwaukee is also using a tax incremental financing district to award the company up to $25 million for job creation and an additional $15 million for a new riverwalk segment bordering the site.
The state press release refers to it as a $300 million project. Previous reports from city reports pegged the project at $285 million.
The Komatsu office building is expected to be completed this fall. Construction of the manufacturing facility is expected to be completed in Spring 2022.
February Site Photos
Railroad Alignment Plan
South Harbor Campus Renderings
- Transportation: State To Fund Road, Rails for Komatsu - Jeramey Jannene - Mar 9th, 2021
- Eyes on Milwaukee: Who Wants To Design Harbor Riverwalk? - Jeramey Jannene - Mar 2nd, 2021
- Transportation: Railroad Expansion in the Harbor District - Jeramey Jannene - Feb 17th, 2021
- Friday Photos: Komatsu Mining Campus Takes Shape - Jeramey Jannene - Nov 6th, 2020
- Friday Photos: Construction Underway on Largest New Urban Manufacturing Plant in US - Jeramey Jannene - Sep 4th, 2020
- Eyes on Milwaukee: Komatsu Has New Renderings of Project - Jeramey Jannene - Jul 24th, 2019
- Eyes on Milwaukee: The Cleanup Of Solvay Coke Site - Jeramey Jannene - Jul 24th, 2019
- Eyes on Milwaukee: Commission Approves Komatsu Design - Jeramey Jannene - Jul 15th, 2019
- Eyes on Milwaukee: Komatsu Unveils Harbor District Designs - Jeramey Jannene - Jul 10th, 2019
- Eyes on Milwaukee: Council Okays Largest Urban Manufacturing Deal in U.S. - Jeramey Jannene - Dec 18th, 2018
Read more about Komatsu South Harbor Campus here