School District to buy parcel from Cedar Grove

$70,000 piece of land to be home to high school softball team after improvements are made
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press Staff

The Cedar Grove-Belgium School District is buying a 4.4-acre parcel for $70,000 from the Village of Cedar Grove with hopes to use it for high school softball games.

The School Board earlier this year authorized its attorney to create an offer to purchase land known as Calvary Field that abuts district property on three sides. Calvary Orthodox Presbyterian Church borders the land as well.

The land has a baseball field on it that Cedar Grove uses for youth leagues.

The district had been paying to rent the land for softball games.

Acquiring the land has been discussed for years and last year the district met with village officials without reaching a resolution to buy it.

The offer to purchase was prompted after the village’s Park and Recreation Committee in November recommended continuing its agreement with the school district through 2021.

The village, School Board President Chad Hoopman said, had acquired land to the west of its border with plans to develop it for a soccer field, but it won’t be ready until 2020 at the earliest.

The district wanted the land to play softball games on its campus. Games are currently played at Heritage Park in Belgium.

The school district would examine additions to Calvary Field, such as adding restrooms and a fence, Hoopman said, but it wasn’t going to make long-term improvements unless a plan was in place to own the property.

The village approved the sale at its June 10 meeting, Hoopman said.

Money for the land will come from the 2019-2020 budget, Hoopman said.

A closing date has not been set as inspections and a use permit need to happen first.

“Now that we know we have the land we will begin to move forward with planning improvements for the property,” Hoopman said.

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