By Kevin Boneske
ASHWAUBENON – The village will be obtaining $234,000 in grant money from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to help develop Capital Credit Union Park.
The Ashwaubenon village board gave its approval Tuesday, Jan. 22, of the WEDC Idle Sites Grant redevelopment plan for the former CTI site south of the village hall, where work on the stadium is now in progress and scheduled to be completed in May.
Last August, village staff submitted the $234,000 grant request to WEDC with the village planning to match that amount with $534,000 coming from Tax Incremental Financing District No. 5 funds.
Ashwaubenon Community Development Director Aaron Schuette said the redevelopment plan finalizes the grant application and meets the WEDC requirements for the village to receive the $234,000.
Schuette said the grant money, which the village is assured it will receive after submitting the redevelopment plan, may be used for earthwork, utility work and site reconstruction for Capital Credit Union Park with expenses accrued as of Dec. 19 able to be applied toward those funds.
Capital Credit Union Park is a multi-purpose facility being built for baseball, soccer and other community events.
The stadium is being paid for with a combination of lease revenue from Big Top Baseball – which owns and operates the Green Bay Booyah, the new name of the Northwoods League baseball team formerly known as the Bullfrogs – and Tax Incremental Financing revenues from other projects in the village.
In other action, the board approved two rezoning requests.
Board members favored rezoning the site of the former Hardee’s and Golden Shell at 2760 South Oneida Street from SB (Special Business) to B3 (Community Business) for the site to be redeveloped into a retail/restaurant mix of uses.
Property between South Broadway and Early Street, which the village’s Plan Commission approved a certified survey map for Aaron Ballast to split into three parcels, is also being rezoned.
The lot at 2165 South Broadway will remain I-1 (Light Industry) to host a surveyor’s office, while the two lots created along Early Street are being rezoned from I-1 to R-1 (One Family Residence) to facilitate single-family residential development.
An adjacent remnant small parcel in the 2100 block of Early Street is also being rezoned from R-2 (Two Family Residence) to R-1 as part of the rezoning ordinance.