Bureaucracy delays opening of new Milwaukee test site

Plans for a new COVID-19 testing site near downtown Milwaukee are still pending. Continuing coverage: Coronavirus in Wisconsin The facility to replace the testing site at American Family Field continues to face legal hurdles. Kent Wainscott of WISN 12 first reported on the proposed location for this new test site. It’s at the former North 25th Street and West St. Paul Avenue emissions testing site, but contract negotiations between the city and state forced the delay. real estate transaction take longer than anyone had hoped. When the region’s largest COVID-19 testing site at American Family Field closed last month, WISN 12 first signaled plans to use the old vehicle emissions site just west of the city ​​center as a replacement. An announcement seemed imminent, but a delay in contract negotiations delayed the opening, first by a week, then by two. subtleties, ”said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. The city is considering leasing the facility from the State Department of Transportation. But, like any real estate transaction, it required site and building inspections. Lawyers’ exams took longer than health officials had hoped. The target to open on September 27 has been pushed back to October 4 and now beyond. The city is still focused on this facility, which officials at the COVID-19 testing site said last month was ideal. 19 test site chief Steve Meni said. It is also a critical time for a new site, with demand for testing booming. Officer Darren Rausch said. The only thing standing in the way of the new COVID-19 testing site right now is these legal hurdles. “As soon as we get them resolved, we’ll make an announcement, a public site announcement,” Barrett said. The Milwaukee health department said it had increased staffing at its northwest and southern health centers to handle the additional demand for COVID-19 testing until a new site opens. test. 12 app. Follow us: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

Plans for a new COVID-19 testing site near downtown Milwaukee are still pending.

Continuous coverage: Coronavirus in Wisconsin

The facility to replace the American Family Field trial site continues to face legal hurdles.

Kent Wainscott of WISN 12 first reported on the proposed location for this new test site.

It’s at the old North 25th Street and West St. Paul Avenue emissions testing site.

But contract negotiations between the city and the state forced the delay.

The plan was still to bring the test facility up and running, but the legal issues in the real estate transaction are taking longer than anyone had hoped.

When the region’s largest COVID-19 testing site at American Family Field closed last month, WISN 12 first signaled plans to use the old vehicle emissions site just west of the city ​​center as a replacement.

An announcement seemed imminent, but a delay in contract negotiations delayed the opening, first by a week, then by two.

“We have a site that we’re very interested in, and we’re working on the legal ramifications or the legal niceties,” Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said.

The city is considering leasing the facility from the State Department of Transportation.

But, like any real estate transaction, it required site and building inspections.

Reviews by lawyers took longer than health officials had hoped.

The target to open on September 27 has been pushed back to October 4 and now beyond.

The city is still focused on this facility, which officials at the COVID-19 testing site said last month was ideal.

“(It’s) tailor-made for what we need to do, so it’s actually the perfect site for it,” said Steve Meni, manager of the Milwaukee COVID-19 testing site.

It’s also a critical time for a new site, with soaring demand for testing.

“We haven’t seen such high test volumes since last fall and early winter 2020,” said Darren Rausch, Greenfield’s health manager.

The only thing currently standing in the way of the new COVID-19 testing site are these legal hurdles.

“As soon as we resolve these issues, we’ll make an announcement, a public announcement of the site,” Barrett said.

The Milwaukee health department said it had increased staffing at its northwest and southern health centers to handle the additional demand for COVID-19 testing until a new site opens. test.

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