The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors has approved substituting a plan to develop University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee research buildings in Wauwatosa with a privately developed business park.

It was approved Monday on a 12-6 vote. 

The Irgens Partners LLC development firm has been seeking to purchase about 29 acres from a UWM affiliate at the Innovation Campus site. 

The majority of the Innovation Campus is undeveloped and the university isn’t able to pursue additional development, according to the County Board resolution.

The site east of I-41 and north of West Watertown Plank Road currently includes a UWM-operated business accelerator, ABB Inc.’s Milwaukee-area headquarters, a Marriott Residence Inn and Echelon apartments.

An effort by Supervisor Eddie Cullen to send the measure back to committee failed.

The board is limited in its authority over the site because the county does not own the land.

Supervisor Felesia Martin said she believed sending it back to committee was an effort to kill the deal. At some point, she said, someone will develop that land. 

This story will be updated.

Contact Alison Dirr at 414-224-2383 or Follow her on Twitter @AlisonDirr

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