areas in blue indicate the parcels that could be used
for a north side business park.
Image courtesy of the city
CEDARBURG — The
potential north-side business park development took
another step forward at the Cedarburg Common Council
The council approved a contract with Ruekert & Mielke to
conduct a wetland delineation for the potential Highway
60 business park at a cost of $16,650 and splitting the
cost 50/50 with the Baehmann Family, who has property
that is part of the project.
The council in July approved a $10,500 contract with the
municipal infrastructure firm to conduct an updated
construction cost estimate for the project.
These contracts come after a number of years of
postponing the project.
Preliminary engineering studies were done by the city in
2006, but the project was postponed due to a downturn of
The boundary of the location for the potential business
park includes two parcels, according to a letter from
Ruekert & Mielke to Public Works Director Tom Wiza. One
parcel is adjacent to Highway 60, is approximately 59
acres and is owned by the city. The second parcel
adjacent to Washington Avenue at about 57 acres is owned
by the Baehmann Family Trust.
Wiza said it makes sense to resolve this early in order
to determine how much of the land is developable and the
value per acre for a potential tax incremental financing
“It’ll even impact the cost estimate because you have to
look at how you’re going to lay out roads and things
like that,” he said. “So from a staff perspective, we’d
like to see that delineation move ahead.”
Two-thirds of the area of interest is owned by the
Baehmann family and they are responsible for paying a
part of the wetland delineation. The wetland delineation
contract was postponed at the July meeting to give the
Baehmann family more time to look into it.
“This is the logical next step to get this thing
moving,” Council member Jack Arnett said, adding that he
wanted to clarify that the TIF district does not
necessarily have to include all of the Baehmann parcel.
The wetland delineation would help pin down development
yield — a project’s net operating income — which is
important when evaluating the viability of a tax
incremental finance district, according to the council
packet. In a tax incremental financing district, money
that would have been paid in property taxes to the city
and other taxing districts goes back to pay for the
improvements of the district.
“The (Baehmann) parcel is included because the potential
proposed street pattern would connect to Hilltop Drive
to complete a loop, and the additional acreage may be
necessary to provide positive cash flow for a potential
tax increment district,” according to the letter from
Ruekert & Mielke to Wiza. “The next step in this project
is to determine whether a tax increment district is a
feasible approach to moving forward.”
“We would like to include our land in with the city to
create a new TIF district and to move this business part
forward,” said Kurt Baehmann, who was representing the
Baehmann family and Baehmann Golf Center, which is
located on the property.
When asked if the delineation would interfere with
Baehmann’s business, he said he has been speaking with
the engineer who is willing to work with him.
Baehmann Golf Center has been in business for 60 years.
Baehmann said they plan to keep the business at its
location as it will probably take a few years to begin
He said in time as development begins, they plan on
minimizing the acreage and adapting the business to
something that is still an entertainment facility. He
added that they are still figuring out what the future
is going to look like for Baehmann Golf Center.
“I just wanted to let people know the business isn't
going anywhere,” Baehmann said.
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