GRAFTON — The
Grafton Village Board last week approved a public relations contract
in connection with the budding plans for a business park at the
corner of Ulao Road and Highway C.
park, if it is built, will be a 114-acre development with about
600,000 square feet of business space, once fully built. Barry
Chavin of MLG, the developer proposing the business park, said in
January, “This is going to be light industrial, a higher-end
relations contract was approved with the Broydrick Group for an
amount not to exceed $14,400. Broydrick was one of three public
relations firms that submitted a proposal for the contract.
“All the groups
that applied are very qualified,” Village Administrator Jesse Thyes
Group offered the lowest price tag of the three proposals, and also
has significant experience within the Grafton community, according
to Thyes’ report to the board. The company has provided public
relations for the Grafton Meijer and Aurora Medical Center projects.
Moving forward, the firm will market the potential business park to
the community, to engage residents and gather feedback on the
This is the
third contract that has been approved for the potential business
park. On Jan. 15, the Village Board approved a $246,138.70 contract
with the firm Ruekert-Mielke to provide engineering and survey
services for the project.
While there were
other, lower bids for the engineering contract, the village selected
Ruekert-Mielke due to experience and staffing that would accommodate
an accelerated timeline. The schedule for the project calls for
preliminary engineering design to be completed this month.
Board also approved a $14,500 contract at the same time for Ehlers
Inc. to prepare for establishing a tax incremental finance district.
Ehlers is the village’s consultant on its existing TIF districts.
In a TIF
district, the base value of the land before development is left on
the normal tax rolls, while additional value from new development
does not go immediately to the tax rolls. For up to 20 years, tax
revenue from development within the TIF district would remain in the
TIF district, paying for infrastructure and improvements there
rather than going to the normal taxing jurisdictions.
If the village
moves forward, a TIF district would be established to fund the
required infrastructure installations; the land under consideration
is currently in the town and not serviced by village utilities.
MLG’s proposal includes the village funding the infrastructure and
paying it back through a TIF district. The development would require
the village to annex the land from the town of Grafton.
The village is
currently funding the contracts with the village general fund sundry
account. If the project moves forward with a TIF district approved,
those expenses would then be transferred into the district to be
paid for through the TIF.
speak up about potential neighboring park
— During last week’s Village Board meeting, supervisors
heard from several neighbors of the proposed business park,
who were unhappy with the development’s location. Those who
spoke were residents of the nearby Waterstone subdivision,
which is across the Ulao Road-Highway C intersection from
the site proposed for the business park.
“Assuming there is a need for a business park, it seems
there are other places available for it,” said resident Kent
seems interesting to me that we would take prime real estate
for residential development and turn it into a business
park,” Hansen added.
worried about the infrastructure being there to support the
traffic,” Mike Belgiorno said.
like our quality of life would be significantly negatively
impacted by industrial, even light industrial,” Robin Hansen
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