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Written by JOHN MORTON   
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 18:39

2.85 acres at corner of Fredonia-Kohler and Cedar Valley roads could attract developers, village president says

Just west of the border of the Village of Fredonia sits 2.85 acres of vacant Town of Fredonia land, whose owners wondered whether the village would listen to an appeal for its annexation.
Village President Don Dohrwardt was all ears.
“That would be a nice piece of property to turn into our tax base,” he said of the property, which on its east side and part of its south side abuts the village. “I can see a little cul-de-sac coming in from the east that could result in five or six lots.”
A few Plan Commission members scoffed at the idea during their Aug. 7 meeting.
“You’d have (large-lot) neighbors (in the town) screaming about seeing half-acre lots,” Bill Hamm said. “They’d say, ‘Not in this part of town.’”
But Dohrwardt remained optimistic about the potential for a new subdivision — the designation required for a development of more than three lots.
“I’m sure there are developers out there with a whole lot of ideas,” he said.
The land, at the corner of Fredonia-Kohler and Cedar Valley roads, belongs to Jim and Anita Heinzelman, who now live near Oshkosh. In 2013 they sold an adjacent 1.6-acre property that held their house, but the buyer didn’t want the excess land so it has sat unused. The Heinzelmans want to sell it and wondered if it would bring more value as part of the village.
“I just want what is more appealing for potential buyers and to the most people,” Jim Heinzelman said. “Would a buyer want a rural piece of land, where they’d have to put in well and septic? Or would a developer want it knowing it could be divided up and be part of the village’s existing infrastructure?”
He said he hasn’t determined an asking price, noting it would depend on the designation.
Roger Strohm, the village’s director of public works, told the commission members that existing water and sewer lines were in the area. He said they run about $70 per linear foot with a $1,500 hook-up fee for both.
Zoned in the town as R-2 residential, the land could only be divided into two lots, Heinzelman said, under its current designation.
He said he’d soon be approaching the town to ask if it minds losing the land.
“They may be totally against it, but where the land sits is part of a natural (westward) flow to where the village has grown,” Heinzelman said.
Dohrwardt said annexation situations have come in a case-by-case basis.
“We’ve never had a sit-down, written boundary agreement with the town,” he said.
He also noted not all have been ideal.
“We’ve taken land into the village we were sorry we brought into the village,” he said.

 
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