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It was standing room only at the Wauwatosa City Hall Council Chambers Tuesday night, Jan. 17.

The common council had a "Meeting of the Whole" to discuss the city's plans for the County Grounds and several hundred citizens were in attendance. So many showed up, city hall workers set up monitors in other committee rooms so people could view the proceedings.

The plan the city is crafting for the grounds is a collaboration between Milwaukee County, the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center and the City of Wauwatosa; it's been labeled the Life Sciences District Master Plan.

News of the plan began to "leak out" in the past few weeks and caused enough concern in the public that many felt compelled to attend the meeting.

"Communities continue to evolve," Mayor Kathy Ehley said. "My mission since becoming mayor has been to find that balance between growth and preserving our green spaces and quality of life."

The county, the city and the MRMC felt that a lack of a cohesively planned development in the past has led to an encroachment on green space on the grounds. They say the plan they are coming up with will "offer environmental protections and strong economic and social value."

"I believe the collaborative plan process, with all of our partners, is our best opportunity to thoughtfully and deliberately ensure the vision of the future of this area."

The next step is a public open house that will be held Feb. 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. It is at this meeting that the public will have a chance to talk to the consulting team and ask questions and give feedback.

Please stay tuned for more coverage on this issue by Wauwatosa Now.

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