Marek Landscaping, a restoration company, moving to Port Milwaukee

Port Milwaukee announced Thursday that it has signed a new long-term lease with Marek Landscaping, a company focused on sustainable water design and habitat restoration.

Marek Landscaping describes itself as “a design-build company founded in 1996 that combines the disciplines of restoration ecology and landscape architecture,” says the company’s website. “Our inspiration comes from nature – the dynamic, diverse qualities of our native prairies, savannas, forests and wetlands in urban and rural environments.”

The agreement stipulates that Marek will employ six full-time workers and 14 seasonal workers, said Adam Tindall-Schlicht, port director.

The company, now located at 125 W. Melvina St., is expected to take about a year or two to relocate operations to the port, Tindall-Schlicht said.

A port location will allow the company to operate more efficiently by using barges to transport waterfront landscaping materials to project locations, he said.

Port Milwaukee is operated by the City of Milwaukee and serves as the regional transportation and distribution center. The port offers international shipping via the St. Lawrence Seaway inland waterway system.

The lease agreement announced on Thursday is on behalf of Marek Landscaping, according to a statement from the port with Perch Point, a limited company.

“The lease, which can potentially be renewed over a period of 50 years, will bring Milwaukee new port revenues of over US $ 1.3 million,” said the port statement.

Marek Landscaping is said to operate out of a three-acre property on 2452 S. Lincoln Memorial Drive at the south end of the port. That’s between the US Coast Guard Station and Cupertino Park.

“My vision for Marek Landscaping has always been inspired by nature and the design of places within natural systems,” said Mike Marek, president and landscape ecologist, in the statement.

The agreement stipulates that Marek Landscaping will contribute $ 3 million to the new economic development of the port.

“Marek’s facilities will include a new multipurpose office and warehouse, overhead crane and other maritime infrastructure necessary for receiving ships and handling bulk and finished products for Marek customers,” the port said in a statement.

The newly announced agreement also requires Marek Landscaping to improve accessibility to the port-operated Russel Avenue Fishing Pier near Cupertino Park.

“Marek will create two adjacent public car parks at the port for nearby leisure activities,” the statement said.

Earlier this year, Port Milwaukee and community leaders announced a separate agreement with the South Shore Yacht Club to allow the continuation of the services of Sea Scouts Ship 299, a previous tenant who has served the port for several decades.

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All Port Milwaukee leases are subject to review and approval by the Board of Harbor Commissioners, the Milwaukee Common Council and the Mayor. The port promotes shipping and trade across the region by providing access to domestic and international shipping, rail and road transport.

Contact Joe Taschler at (414) 224-2554 or jtaschler@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JoeTaschler or Facebook at facebook.com/joe.taschler.1.

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