Business park land is in play

Two-acre parcel would allow more space for buildings and parking
Ozaukee Press Staff

While having difficulty deciding whether to hire a consultant to help in its economic development efforts, the Village Board will go into closed session when it meets Thursday to discuss whether to buy land in its business park.

The parcel they plan to discuss is a two-acre property on South Milwaukee Street that abuts a one-acre property owned by the village.

The two-acre parcel is owned by Fern Rathsack. 

Trustee Josh Haas, who is chairman of the village’s Economic Development Committee, said the village expressed interest in the property a few years ago, but Rathsack and her husband, Bob, were not interested in selling at the time.

Bob Rathsack, a former Northern Ozaukee School District educator and School Board member, as well as a Village Board member, died in October 2017.

Fern Rathsack was recently in Village Hall and told Public Works Director Roger Strohm “She would entertain a fair offer” for the land, Haas said.

Haas said the property is especially valuable to the village because the one-acre site’s buildable area is limited because of a nearby wetland.

“You can only build a 2,000-square-foot building on it,” Haas said. 

“Adding this parcel would allow businesses to come in and build what they need and have space for parking,” he said. “It would be a wonderful thing.”

Also on Thursday’s board agenda is a discussion on requests for proposal on industrial park development.

On Aug. 1, the Village Board rejected a proposal to contract with Newmark Knight Frank Real Estate Services (NKF) to research the availability of land in and around the village for industrial development.

Some trustees balked, however, at paying $75,000 up front as an advance against future sales commissions. 

The board voted to solicit other offers.

Trustees also are scheduled to recognize Eagle Scout Joshua M. Smith with a proclamation.

The Village Board is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Fredonia Government Center.




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