Oak Creek OKs deal for demolishing former Delphi plant

Published on: 11/18/2009

Oak Creek — The Common Council on Tuesday approved an agreement that requires the remainder of the former Delphi Automotive Systems plant to be demolished by Oct. 31 and an agreement with a retiring employee that is expected to save the city thousands of dollars.

City Administrator Pat DeGrave said Wednesday:

The Delphi agreement allows for the plant's fire suppression system to be disabled, which enables the owner, DPH Holdings Corp., not to have to pay to heat the 1 million-square-foot facility during the winter.

The savings is expected to nearly cover the cost of razing the roughly 60-year-old building

The property, 7929 S. Howell Ave., is for sale and is being eyed for development.

Under the agreement with retiring City Engineer Wayne St. John, the city will pay $3,000 per year to St. John's health retirement account. In exchange, St. John agreed not to use city retiree health benefits.

The arrangement enables the city, which is self-insured, to avoid being exposed to up to $270,000 per year in medical costs for St. John, his wife and their daughter.