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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 17 January 2018 19:40

CDA members look for ideas on what to do with less-than-ideal parcel

    Port Washington officials are looking for a few good ideas on what to do with the city-owned former trailer park property on South Spring Street.
    While members of the Community Development Authority originally planned to hold a public meeting to solicit ideas for the 1-3/4-acre site, they decided Monday to scrap that idea.
    Members said they were unsure how big a turnout they would get, especially given sparse attendance at some recent city meetings.
    “I don’t know if a meeting would work. I went to the wheel tax meeting and no one was there,” CDA member Erica Roller said, noting that’s a hot-button issue in the community. “I was shocked.”
    Members are hoping for public input on future uses for the property, which the city bought in 2007 with the intent of redeveloping it.
    The parcel has some challenges, members noted. There are overhead power lines that traverse the lot, railroad tracks just to the east and a trailer park to the south.
    “Who’s going to want to live there or raise a family there with those high wires?” CDA member Rory Palubiski asked.
    Someone suggested it be developed as a “pocket neighborhood,” but Randy Tetzlaff, the city’s director of planning and development, said the numbers don’t work.
    “I think someone would consider doing it if the city would finance it,” he said.
    Through the years, Tetzlaff said, the city has received little interest in the parcel.
    One person wanted to place mini-warehouses on the property, he said, while another sought to purchase both the city land and the adjoining trailer park, consolidate the parcels and create an upscale mobile home park, but he couldn’t come to an agreement with the neighboring property owner.
    The CDA decided Monday to solicit ideas on the city’s website and elsewhere on social media, a concept lauded by Kim Haskell, 767 W. Grand Ave.
    “It might shake some ideas out,” Haskell said.
    Committee members agreed.
    “If we get one or two good ideas, it’s worth it,” Palubiski said.Daily Press