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Garten Factory Redevelopment Agreement Approved


The Fond du Lac City Council last night approved an agreement that will allow the Wells Manufacturing Building on South Brooke Street to be redeveloped once the City takes over ownership. Wells is moving into its expanded facility on Rolling Meadows Drive this summer. Community Development Director Wayne Rollin told the Council the City thought it was going to be taking over the sight, demolishing the buildings and capping it because of environmental issues with very little chance of redevelopment. Instead Commonwealth Development formed Garten Factory a limited liability corporation and will convert the site into its headquarters with a landscaping retail business, possible restaurant and café and more. Neighboring businesswoman Joanie Dreifuerst, who owns DuFrane Rental Center, says they would have been interested in the property. She says the City should have been more open in marketing the site. Council President Rob Vande Zande says the redevelopment will be good for the City and the neighborhood. Rollin says between Commonwealth and state and federal funding the City received for the site, it’s a $1.8 million project.

Comments 4
Anonymous commented on 11-Apr-2013 07:42 PM3 out of 5 stars
So what is the net cost to the city tax payers? Of course we are picking up the tab for those "state and federal" funds as well.
Anonymous commented on 11-Apr-2013 09:26 PM3 out of 5 stars
the state and federal funds are tax money that we pay it is not free money how much will property tax go up for this the city does what ever thay want the tax payer pay for all there project they already tax my house more than I could sell it for
Anonymous commented on 11-Apr-2013 10:06 PM3 out of 5 stars
what is with the city and commonwealth I am sick of commonwealth and the city bull! the tax payer will get it agin
Anonymous commented on 13-Apr-2013 09:37 AM3 out of 5 stars
A landscaping business? 1.8m in funds for a landscaping business?

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