Four months after the last meats rolled down the line, the Oscar Mayer site has been bought by the Reich Brothers Holdings, LLC for an undisclosed amount. The Reich Brothers “specializes in acquiring turnkey manufacturing plants…and monetization through the auction sale process” according to Reich Brothers and Krafts’ joint press release.
While it is still early in the planning process the City and the OSCAR group are both undertaken actions in preparations for the changes that will be happening to the site.
Within the last month, The City of Madison council has approved the Oscar Mayer Strategic Assessment Committee members. The members include Alders, neighborhood and business leaders, and members of the surrounding community. For more information on the members of this committee please refer to Alder Palm’ post. According to Alder Palm in his recent blog post:
- the Committee meetings will be open to the public and you will have an opportunity to speak.
- The Committee will be hosting listening sessions, both to gather general feedback and as we develop our concept plans.
Meanwhile the OSCAR Group is also holding a discussion meeting in partnership with the Northside Planning Council. According to their website, “the Organizing for Strategic Community Action & Representation (OSCAR) Group is a team of Madison North and East side neighborhood residents who are working together to provide an outlet for neighbors to weigh in on the future of the Kraft Heinz Oscar Mayer factory facility.”
They will be hosting this meeting in an aim “to assess community needs and benefits and to discuss options related to the future development of the Oscar Mayer site” (from the their event flyer). The meeting is on Monday November 13th, 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the Hawthorne library.