Back to the business park
Developments edging toward Highway 60

By Alison Henderson - News Graphic Staff

August 3, 2017

CEDARBURG — In the prolonged development of one city lot, a bridge, or rather a creek, has been crossed.

A city parcel on Highway 60 and Sheboygan Road has long been earmarked as a future business park, but it couldn’t be developed until the city’s public utilities were extended across Cedar Creek and several other properties.

In 2007, the city created a tax incremental financing district to attract developments between the creek and the business park. However, a lack of activity and a decrease in the property’s value led to the TID’s dissolution in 2015, costing the city an estimated $337,000 with debt repayment,

interest and administrative fees, according to City Administrator/Treasurer Christy Mertes.

“TID 2 was created in a way that a couple of parcels along Sheboygan Road to the south of the TID had to develop before any work within the district could take place,” City Planner Jon Censky said.

Now, city officials are revisiting the park’s future as two new developments come to the area.

“We’ve been talking about this for years, but now there’s utilities getting closer and closer to this business park,” said Council Member Jack Arnett, who sits on the advisory Economic Development Board. The board discussed the Highway 60 developments at the July 26 meeting.

In 2016, construction began on the Glen at Cedar Creek subdivision that is carrying the utilities across the creek, bringing with it a lift station that is part of the sanitary sewer system and will serve lands to the north and west of Cedarburg proper, according to Censky.

“The Glen at Cedar Creek development was a critical step in getting those systems across the creek,” Censky said.

Another proposal from Duey Stroebel to develop 12 16-unit apartment buildings on his property directly to the north of The Glen is making its way through the city’s approval process. If approved, it would extend the utilities to the southeast corner of Sheboygan Road.

“All the plans are lining up here,” EDB Member Greg Zimmerschied said.

“Now it’s time for councils and boards to take another look at promoting the park,” Arnett said.

There is still a ways to go before any development could begin at the business park. Stroebel is scheduled to bring his proposal before the Aug. 7 Plan Commission meeting with a request to amend the Land Use Plan and rezone the parcel. If the commission approves his request, it will still need to go before a public hearing and Common Council review before he could move onto the next phase of the approval process and begin construction. Once the sewers were extended to the edge of his property line, another 20-acre property would need to be developed, according to Censky.

“You’re looking a couple of years down the road for sewer to be available for the business park,” Censky said.

To the EDB, the timing is right to get the word out to developers who may be looking ahead. The board discussed some potential ideas for the park and brainstormed several promotional approaches, including using press releases or signage. But members noted that the board is an idea-generator and is more limited than other branches, like the city’s Community Development Authority that has the ability to issue bonds and negotiate property. They decided to bring it to the Common Council for further review.

“The council may be able to give us some direction,” Economic Development Coordinator Mary Sheffield said.