At its height, the Chrysler factory in Kenosha employed more than 10,000 workers. More than a decade since its closure, environmental cleanup of the contaminated site is largely complete and the 107-acre parcel sits empty.

Aiming to retain and draw young talent, the city is now planning a mixed-use innovation district that could cost up to $1 billion over more than a decade and would include technology incubators and offices, education institutions, businesses, housing and green space. With more than 1 million square feet of planned commercial space, the project could create 3,000 to 5,000 jobs over time and attract $500 million or more of private investment, Kenosha director of city development Tim Casey said.

The planned district, known as the Kenosha Innovation Neighborhood (KIN), is “going to change the future of Kenosha,” Kenosha Ald. Dominic Ruffalo said in early April before the city’s Common Council voted to adopt a master plan for the project.

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