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Old 03-29-2010, 06:43 PM
Location: Portage, MI
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We're looking at houses near the Hawthorn Glen Nature Center but we've heard talk of pollution from the Grede foundry on State St. We didn't notice any odors or anything, but we were only there on the weekend. Most of what I've found on this after '02 or so is just one guy ranting about it over and over, but we'd still like to hear some thoughts, if any of you have anything to share. Is that area known to have industrial odors? Has there been any discussion about this foundry being a health hazard in the area? Thanks!

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Old 04-03-2010, 05:41 AM
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Hey Angry Squirrel:

Welcome to the area! It looks like you are moving in from Michigan? You will find commute times from most of the areas surrounding Milwaukee to be very reasonable. Even in a rush hour mode we really do have it pretty good. There are other areas than Tosa that are good. If you are a younger family there are places that have more available social activities than Tosa that still area a reasonable commute to anyplace. Downtown Milwaukee has a lot of opportunities as does a lot of the communities that are west, northwest, and southwest. Probably will get more house for your dollar outside of Tosa. It may be better to rent somewhere to get familiar with the area before you commit to buy so you can make a better decision for your personal style (family?).

I see you have found our local "complains about everything" guy. Milwaukee was a big industrial town with many different industries located all over the area. The foundry you are talking about has been there a long time as have a lot of those other businesses. You can smell several different industry related smells depending on wind and other atmospheric conditions, not just foundry. This applies to many parts of the city. It will be a personal matter for you in the end. I am not aware that any of the industry in the area has had detrimental effects and there are a lot of people that have been living here for a long time.
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Old 04-03-2010, 07:50 PM
Location: Portage, MI
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Thanks. Yeah, we're coming in from MI. I've got a couple friends in the area, and we've been able to spend some time looking around and doing research, so I think we're starting to get a feel for the area, albeit a very rough one.

I kinda figured that guy was a windbag, as I know the type. Still, we wanted to look into it more. It's good to know that I'm not the only one who figured he was just the local curmudgeon. We're feeling a bit better about that area now. Thanks!
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Old 12-02-2011, 01:34 PM
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Wind-bag or not. The pollution is real. Now if your from the Detroit area, you know what your getting into. But if your from the sticks, you could be a green horn on this kind of "fresh air". It doesn't matter where you live in the Milwaukee metro. your gonna get crappy air. The city was built in a valley, and guess where the smoke gravitates to. So as the wind changes, you'll get a slightly different smell in the air depending which factory is generating. The smell of malt (for beer making) is kind of nice, but the foundry fumes can create illness in some. I myself have asthma, and It's a big deal for me. But If you think you can handle it, and don't have any genetics that might lead to cancer, then go for it. Otherwise, I'd suggest you steer clear of the city of Milwaukee. We're not as big as LA, but that doesn't mean there isn't a problem. Try to pick a high elevation in Waukesha county, drive in, and keep your children healthy.
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Old 02-23-2012, 12:46 PM
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I live up on the bluff over Grede Foundry, and believe me, it's bad. This foundry should be moved ASAP. You can smell it STRONGLY in the air OFTEN, and it leaves a black dust on anything you leave outside. I couldn't be more serious about this. Our daughter recently tested high for lead. We've bought an air purifier for the house, but I am seriously terrified to bring my kids outside sometimes. The air reeks, and it's always that same foundry smell. That guy who "rants" about this all the time should get a medal.
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