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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 27 December 2017 18:22

Property along corner of Highway C, Ulao Rd. would be annexed for project that hinges on new TIF district

The Village of Grafton is negotiating the purchase of 114 acres of farmland to develop a sprawling business park at the northwest corner of Highway C and Ulao Road, a village official confirmed last week.
    The land, currently in the Town of Grafton, would have to be annexed into the village and rezoned from agricultural to planned industrial district, and officials plan to create what would be another  tax incremental finance district to finance the project.
    Preliminary plans also call for a section of Highway C, which is owned and maintained by Ozaukee County, to be realigned to accommodate traffic from the business park.
    The Village Board met in closed session  on Monday, Dec. 18, to discuss the land purchase, and after reconvening into open session voted to proceed with plans for the business park.
    Director of Public Works Amber Thomas confirmed last week that the village is negotiating to purchase the 114 acres from two landowners and said it is working with MLG Commercial real estate agency on the project.
    Village Administrator Jesse Thyes would not comment on the project, saying “There are many details that still need to be figured out.”
    The village is currently seeking bids from companies to do engineering and survey work for the project, and bid documents suggest the village intends to move ahead quickly with the project.
    “The village has deemed this project a priority, therefore an expedited schedule is expected to be met and strictly adhered to,” bid documents state.
    Those documents call for preliminary survey work to begin next month with final designs due in June.
    A concept plan shows 15 business park lots ranging in size from 4.2 to 9.1 acres extending from Highway C west nearly to the railroad tracks that run along the east side of I-43.
    Grafton Town Chairman Lester Bartel said the loss of town land to the village is inevitable.
    “It is what it is,” he said. “If Grafton wants to compete with Mequon and Cedarburg, it is going to need to bring in some more businesses.”
    But, Bartel said, the proposed business park would certainly change the character of what now is a rural residential area.
    “People moved to this area so they wouldn’t be around businesses,” he said.

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