POP battles to uphold Public Trust Doctrine
Both O'Donnell Park & Transit Center site involved
PRESERVE OUR PARKS is battling on two fronts to uphold, among other principles, the Public Trust Doctrine enshrined in the Wisconsin Constitution. It guarantees public ownership of filled lakebed land, on which parts of both County properties rest.
A developer wants to build a 44-story mixed-use tower on the Transit Center site and
Northwestern Mutual Life insurance Co. proposes to buy O'Donnell Park. NML wants the 1,300-space parking structure underlying the park for the cars of employees it will house in a 32-story office tower it is building across the street.
The other principles POP supports are: The will of Milwaukeeans when city parks were transferred to the County in the late 1930s was that those properties remain public parkland forever, and that – overall -- our parks are NOT for sale.
Please contact your County Supervisor and the County Executive to express your opposition to both public land sales.
See details of the two battles by clicking on the links below.