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Old January 15th, 2012, 09:38 AM   #7581
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GO PACKERS! Let's get the job done, tomorrow, and on to the next game and hopefully the Super Bowl, once again. God Speed, Joe Philbin and family.
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Playoff Sunday Update

Downtown. The Packers Pep Rally on Friday by the Courthouse. Press-Gazette photo. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...ar-out-Lambeau



Broadway District. More on the State Farm commercials airing nationaly shot on Broadway. Outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dL_T1...&feature=share A third commercial with Clay Matthews: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1vsdBsBMcU Press-Gazette feature coverage today: http://greenbayhub.greenbaypressgaze...xt|FRONTPAGE|s Image from State Farm.



Stadium District. Coverage by the Journal Sentinel of the Packer party houses. Journal Sentinel graphic and photo. http://www.jsonline.com/news/wiscons...137337163.html



Lambeau Field. As pointed out by Puant, the Packers for two years have been using a new lighting system to keep the playing surface at Lambeau greener and softer in the fall and winter. There are also warming pipes underground. The playing surface is a combination of grass and artificial turf. Packer photos showing the new field lighting and warming system in use, night and day.



Lambeau Field. Game time today is 3:30 p.m. Fox will have 18 to 20 cameras in use for the broadcast. http://www.fox11online.com/dpp/news/...-lambeau-field
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Medical College of Wisconsin. The Medical College of Wisconsin is looking at the feasibility of opening what’s being called a “small Green Bay campus” in 2015. The college’s president and CEO says the move “seems to make sense” and has been met with an enthusiastic response from local officials. A Green Bay medical campus would train primary-care physicians and work with local hospitals and colleges, including UWGB. Students would complete their studies, including medical residency, here or do graduate medical training. Wisconsin currently has two medical schools — the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison. A feasibility study by a separate group is under way for a third medical school in the state, what could be a $75 million facility in Wausau. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...text|FRONTPAGE

Oneida Energy Plant. WGBA reports construction on the projected $23 million trash-to-energy plant on Green Bay’s northwest side is under way. Construction trailers, fencing and signage are up, some earth has been moved and some construction materials stored on the project site at 1230 Hurlbut St. (although when I checked about 8 a.m. this morning — MLK Day — the site was quiet). The 60,000-square-foot plant is to be built by the Oneida Seven Generations Corp. and would process common household trash for conversion into electricity. It’s scheduled to open in December. Citizens groups are continuing their petition drive against the project. http://www.nbc26.com/news/local/137354568.html and http://wearegreenbay.com/fulltext?nxd_id=107222

Highway 41. WisDOT will hold an informational meeting Tuesday about upcoming construction in the 41/W. Mason Street interchange area. The session will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the U.S. 41 Brown County Project Office, 1940 W. Mason St. The interchange is set to close Feb. 1 to Aug. 1. Work will include three roundabouts along W. Mason, reconstruction of the W. Mason overpass and interchange ramps, replacement of bridges over Ninth Street and expansion and reconstruction of 41 from Ninth to Larsen Road. Information Tuesday will also cover other construction projects this year in the 41/29 corridor, including construction on a new Shawano Avenue and on/off ramps at Packerland Drive. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...xt|FRONTPAGE|s

Main Street. A nightclub on Main Street near Deckner Avenue has closed for at least a week while city officials decide to shut it down or have it reopen under a new management plan. The club is named Hush and is located at 1629 Main St. in a grove of trees about a block back from the street and a block north of Deckner. Police have received about 60 calls for service at the location since 2007, including a fight in 2010 caught on surveillance video involving at least 50 people and injuring a police officer. http://www.wbay.com/story/16483172/2...reet-nightclub

De Pere. Parkers in De Pere are objecting to a new ordinance requiring them to purchase a city parking permit for $10 per month or $120 annually if parking for more than two hours at a time in one of the city’s 183 long-term parking spaces downtown. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...|text|GPG-News

Howard. SMT Machine & Tool is constructing a 28,700-square-foot addition onto its building at 1325 Cornell Rd. The $2.2 million addition will include new offices, a machining center and room for additional growth. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...rks-OT-keep-up

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Washington Commons. Preliminary reports indicate the low bid opened today for demolishing the former Washington Commons and adjacent J.C. Penney store totaled $879,740. At least eight companies are said to have bid on the demolition, with bids ranging up to $2.5 million. The RDA meets Thursday to review the bids and potentially select a contractor for the project. Meanwhile, the Days Inn demolition is moving quickly and most of the former hotel is now down. DGBI photo below posted today shows Washington Commons, looking north on Washington Street. https://twitter.com/#!/PGscottwilliams and http://www.ci.green-bay.wi.us/mins_agd/



KI Convention Center. The City Council voted Monday to support increasing the county's hotel room tax from 8 to 10 percent and to split the additional revenue raised by 50/50 between the proposed KI Convention Center expansion and more funding for the Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau. The vote was 7 to 6, with Mayor Schmitt casting the tie-breaking vote. The county and at least three other municipalities still must vote on the issue. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...xt|FRONTPAGE|s and http://www.fox11online.com/dpp/news/...unding-debated

Voting For: Deneys, Dorff, Nicholson, Theisen, Wery, Wiezbiskie, Mayor Schmitt
Voting Against: Buckley, Danziger, De Wane, Haefs, Kocha, Zima


Downtown. DGBI photo taken from the Bellin Building today showing E. Walnut Street looking east.



Highway 41. WisDOT renderings showing the new 41/W. Mason Street interchange and the three roundabouts to be built on the street this year. The roundabout in the bottom rendering is at W. Mason and Taylor streets. That's the U.S. 41 Brown County Project Office at 1940 W. Mason St. (formerly Circuit City) in the background behind the roundabout in the second rendering. http://www.fox11online.com/dpp/news/...street-closure





Lambeau Field. The Fox television broadcast of the Packers/Giants game Sunday was the most-watched NFL divisional playoff game ever on any network, with a peak viewing of 50 million people. Leading metered markets tuned to the game were Milwaukee, Norfolk, Minneapolis, New York, Providence, Chicago and Las Vegas. Green Bay is not a large enough television market to be metered daily. http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/sports/137490278.html

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Old January 18th, 2012, 06:27 PM   #7585
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I think it was Puant who suggested this before (one of his many good ideas, not to be confused with the oversized lighthouse ;-) ), but they really should open the mall up for us to go at with sledgehammers before the real demo begins. Ahhh, stress relief!
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Old January 19th, 2012, 03:34 AM   #7586
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I think it was Puant who suggested this before (one of his many good ideas, not to be confused with the oversized lighthouse ;-) ), but they really should open the mall up for us to go at with sledgehammers before the real demo begins. Ahhh, stress relief!
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Old January 19th, 2012, 05:09 AM   #7587
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Washington Commons. WBAY says awarding a contract anticipated Thursday for the demolition of the former Washington Commons will be “setting the stage for a new era downtown.” The station also says “a number of outside firms have showed interest in moving in downtown” since Schreiber Foods Inc. announced its new downtown office projects last year. Adds DGBI’s Jeff Mirkes of Washington Commons: "We look back at the mall, it really served its time, it did its thing from the mid-‘70s for about 20 years." What originally was called Port Plaza Mall opened in 1977; it lost the first of its three anchor stores, Boston Store, in 2000. Younkers and J.C. Penney soon followed, as the mall proper emptied. The five-acre Washington Commons site is expected to be cleared by summer. The apparent low bidder on demolishing the mall and adjacent J.C. Penney building is Meridian Industrial Service Corp. of north suburban Chicago, with a bid of $879,740. The city's own internal estimate for demolition costs was nearly $1.4 million. Press-Gazette (left) and DGBI photos show what's left of the nearby Days Inn. http://www.wbay.com/story/16549047/2...-downtown-mall and http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...ll-razing-week



Green Bay. Builders took out 165 building permits in Green Bay in December for projects totaling $5.8 million. The biggest project permitted last month was a $3.1 million addition to CityDeck. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...y-fall-from-10

Highway 41. About 200 people showed up Wednesday for two WisDOT informational meetings on the Feb. 1 to Aug. 1 closure of W. Mason St. at 41 for interchange reconstruction and nearby work. Work will also start later this year on the Lombardi Ave. and Main Ave. interchanges, but announcements on those projects should come later. WisDOT rendering of the W. Mason St. overpass. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...|text|GPG-News and http://www.nbc26.com/news/local/137545668.html and http://www.us41wisconsin.gov/overvie...ction-schedule



Port of Green Bay. A total of 188 ships carrying more than two million metric tons of freight visited the Port of Green Bay in 2011. The ship number was 32 percent higher and the freight number 25 percent higher than 2010. “The season started off right and kept holding strong, a good indicator that the economy is picking up,” says Port Manager Dean Haen. "If our manufacturers are bringing in more raw materials, that means they're planning on producing more, which is good for our manufacturers and all the employees that work at those manufacturers." Haen says increases in domestic imports such as gypsum and petroleum coke were major contributors to the successful season. The largest increase in foreign imports was salt. The Port of Green Bay has 14 active terminal operators. http://www.nbc26.com/news/local/137626163.html and http://www.fox11online.com/dpp/news/...t-of-green-bay

Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. Bill Brault of De Pere — a founder of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, a founder of PMI Entertainment Group and first president of what’s now the Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau — died Tuesday at the age of 84. Green Bay was the first NFL city to have a museum for its own team when the Hall of Fame opened on July 2, 1967, in a concourse underneath seating on one side of the Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena. The hall later moved into its own addition to the arena and later to Lambeau Field. Press-Gazette photo of the Packers Hall of Fame taken at its 1967 opening. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...xt|FRONTPAGE|s



De Pere. After numerous complaints from residents and businesses, the City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to begin repeal of a new ordinance requiring parkers to purchase a parking permit for $10 per month or $120 annually if parking for more than two hours at a time in one of the city’s 183 long-term parking spaces downtown. “You don't want people to come to downtown De Pere and say, 'We've got two hours, then we've got to leave,'" says one business operator. "If you want to kill business, enforce this." http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...text|FRONTPAGE

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Old January 19th, 2012, 10:15 PM   #7588
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regarding this image, is there really THAT much undeveloped area southwest of 41/Mason? I didn't realize that.

Also, contractor was selected for mall demolition..

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That is all part of Beaver Dam Park.
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Washington Commons. In addition to the post by jerkylips, here's some more coverage of Thursday's RDA meeting. EDA Director Greg Flisram tells WGBA that what he calls the first phase of construction for Schreiber Foods Inc. on the mall site will be the company's corporate headquarters building. A latter phase will be its research-and-development complex, "and it's possible that it may be more than one building, maybe two buildings." Flisram also says it's intended that plans would include a "pedestrian connection through the site that would lead out to Main Street." http://www.nbc26.com/news/local/137709778.html and http://www.fox11online.com/dpp/news/...all-demolition and http://www.wbay.com/story/16549047/2...-downtown-mall

Associated Banc-Corp. The parent company of Associated Bank posted a more than fivefold increase in profits in the fourth quarter of 2011 as the sum of troubled loans on its books continued to decrease. Associated Banc-Corp said Thursday it had net income of $39.8 million in the fourth quarter, up from $6.61 million in the final quarter of 2010. Delinquent loans were down 38% to $357 million - the lowest level in two years - while write-offs of bad loans fell 79% in the quarter. For the full year, net income was $114.9 million, comparied with a loss of $30.4 million in 2010. With assets of about $22 billion, Associated is the largest bank based in Wisconsin. http://www.jsonline.com/business/ass...137702638.html

Green Bay Area Public School District. With its headquarters on Broadway, the Green Bay Area Public School District reports 3 percent of its high school students drop out, according to latest available statistics. The state average is 2 percent. By comparison, the De Pere School District has a 1 percent dropout rate and the Ashwaubenon, Howard-Suamico, Pulaski and West De Pere school districts a rate of a half percent or less. By race in the Green Bay district, about 9 percent of black high school students drop out compared with 8 percent of Native Americans, 6 percent of Hispanics, 3 percent of Asian students and 2 percent of whites. District administrators say they're working to recruit more minority instructors and hope minority students living in Green Bay eventually will attend college and return to teach here. With about 21,000 students, the Green Bay Area Public School District is the fifth largest in Wisconsin. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...xt|FRONTPAGE|s

Brown County. Building permits for new one- and two-family homes in Brown County totaled 264 through November, the third most in the state and behind Dane and Waukesha counties. That compares with 371 permits during the same period in 2010, which ended with 387. New homes permitted statewide last year through September totaled 4,160, compared with 5,052 in September 2010. "Things aren't what they once were, but we are seeing signs of optimism," says the president of the Brown County Home Builders Association. The annual Home Expo is currently under way at the KI Convention Center. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...nars-how-demos

Appleton FYI. The Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau has awarded a $250,000 grant to the City of Appleton for the design of a new downtown Fox Cities Exhibition Center. Target date for completion of the center is 2014. . . . Voters in nine counties will be asked in an April 3 referendum whether to borrow $66.5 million for seven proposed Fox Valley Technical College capital facilities projects. The largest of the seven is a $32.5 million public safety training center on 75 acres of land at the south end of Outagamie County Regional Airport. . . . For the second consecutive season, the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center saw its net operating revenues increase in 2010-11, this time with a gain of $1.5 million. The nonprofit facility's standout events of the season included two Broadway musicals — the Wisconsin premiere of "Jersey Boys" and a return engagement of "Wicked" — plus a community performance of Handel's "Messiah." http://www.postcrescent.com/article/...ibition-Center and http://www.postcrescent.com/article/...ion-referendum and http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...ext|GPG-News|s
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The only thing missing here is Ponch & John from CHiPs.

10 lanes? For Green Bay? Wow....
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Prestige Park Towers. In a preview for its Sunday edition, the Press-Gazette says it will examine the failure of the once-proposed $60 million Prestige Park Towers project. "It could have been a big development for Green Bay: two 12-story towers of luxury condominiums designed for Packers fans," says the paper. "But the project near Lambeau Field never happened. And a bank now has acquired the real estate through a foreclosure." The Press-Gazette says it has interviewed the developer and others close to the project - which dates to 2006 - and will look at what might happen now "at the high-profile location." Rendering from Prestige Park Towers. Its website is still up at http://prestige.balancestudios.com/



Appleton FYI. The Post-Crescent says the Packers loss last Sunday "did more than deflate the hopes and dreams of its fans. It put a hit on the local economy." For the downtown Radisson Paper Valley Hotel alone, home-game weekends bring in between $50,000 and $75,000 in both restaurant and room revenue from out-of-town fans and the visiting NFL team staying at the hotel. http://www.postcrescent.com/article/...local-business

Downtown & Allouez. Green Bay City Council rep and RDA member Pat Buckley says that, with the Schreiber Foods development and possible KI Convention Center expansion, he's looking at opening a third Subway restaurant downtown. He currently operates the Subways on N. Washington and Dousman streets as well as the new Subway Cafe in Allouez. Buckley Enterprises operates 43 restaurants (I'm not clear if they're all Subways - could be) and has 500 employees, with a footprint extending from Shawano to Lake Michigan, Coleman to Milwaukee. Buckley says sales are ahead of projection for the new Subway Cafe at 1705 S. Webster Ave. in Allouez and he may open more Subway Cafes. The cafe has couches, overstuffed chairs and a separate coffee counter and offers gourmet sandwiches and breakfast items in addition to regular Subway fare. Says the Green Bay alderman of his Subways, "I spend a lot of my days just looking for locations." Press-Gazette photo of Buckley in his new Allouez location. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...s-cafe-concept



Downtown. Latest edition of DGBI's "What's Up Downtown." http://campaignbox.imagedistillery.c...36C359EC0425C0

Neville Public Museum. Feature-story coverage of the Neville's new interactive children's exhbit about money called "Moneyville." The exhibit includes a bank, store, anti-counterfeiting lab, stock market and shipping dock. Visitors can create their own money and engage in other hands-on activities designed to build math skills and economic expertise. Exhibit up through May 6. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...sey=nav%7Chead

Austin Straubel. Full-body scanners have been installed at security checkpoints at Austin Straubel. The machines use electromagnetic waves to screen passengers for prohibited items like weapons and explosives. The scanners require a passenger to stand alone in a transparent booth for about three seconds while the machine takes readings to detect potential threats. A generic image of the person appears next to the booth, with a display indicating "OK" or with anomalies highlighted. Passengers on whom a machine has detected potential trouble spots are subject to pat-down searches. The devices are now at airports in Milwaukee and Green Bay and are coming in a month to the airports serving Appleton and Wausau. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...y-body-scanner
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Washington Commons. Some more details on its demolition. The contractor selected by the RDA for the demolition will use the brownfield site the Bullfrogs have been looking at for a new stadium to crush concrete retrieved from the mall. The concrete will be recycled for uses like road construction, possibly including the Highway 41 project. http://wearegreenbay.com/fulltext?nxd_id=108012

Resch Center. Press-Gazette sports reporter and columnist Scott Venci says "the possibility is growing by the day" the Resch Center will land the state high school boys and girls basketball tournaments starting next year or in 2014. "The feeling here is Green Bay wins," Venci says. "Several people who are part of the process or familiar with the dealings feel the same way." PMI says it's aggressivley pursuing the events. "We have made them a very lucrative deal." PMI will meet with WIAA officials next week, and a decision could be made by March. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...ext|GPG-Sports

Resch Center. I don't know much about country music, but the Resch Center has signed a major country singer to a concert Wednesday, April 18. She's Miranda Lambert, two-time country music female vocalist-of-the-year nominated for the award again this year. Sounds like a big sellout coming. http://www.nbc26.com/news/local/137797673.html

Highway 41. The Ashwaubenon and Howard fire departments will assist the Green Bay Fire Department in responding to calls in the city west of Highway 41 once the W. Mason St. overpass over 41 is closed for six months for reconstruction beginning Feb. 1. Green Bay, in turn, will assist Howard in servicing part of the village east of 41 near the freeway construction. http://www.wbay.com/story/16557887/2...y-construction and http://wearegreenbay.com/fulltext?nxd_id=108322

UWGB. Lamers Campus Connect is offering bus service Fridays and Sundays between UWGB and UW-Madison beginning tomorrow. Service continues during the schools' spring semester through May 20. The bus departs 2 p.m. from UWGB — with stops in Appleton and at UW-Oshkosh — with a 5:30 p.m. arrival in Madison. Return service departs Madison at 6 p.m. with stops in the same cities before arriving in Green Bay at 9:30 p.m. A similar service was started in October by Kobussen Trailways, so it sounds to me like Lamers is replacing Kobussen on the route. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...dison-campuses and http://www.golamers.com/Lamers-conne...UW-Madison.php.

Hobart. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Friday for the $6 million Angelus Retirement Village. The project involves construction of a 53,000-square-foot, 52-unit assisted-living residence. The facility on Centennial Blvd. west of the Centerline Dr. roundabout is scheduled to open July 15. Looks like this project could be part of the 603-acre Centennial Centre at Hobart development off Highway 29. Map from Schreiber/Anderson Associates Inc. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...ext|GPG-News|s


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Stop dreaming, dammit!

When Tower posted the preview of this article yesterday, I'm sure we all predicted what it would say.

Here's the article in a nutshell:

Developer blames the city, the city blames the developer.

Anyway here's the expanded P-G article if you want to read more:

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In his storefront office on Velp Avenue, Paul Kaczrowski keeps a plaque on his desk with an engraved message: "If you chase two rabbits, both will get away."

It is a lesson the 71-year-old businessman has taken from a career that has included promoting everything from car racing and water parks to rock concerts.

Around 2005, Kaczrowski narrowed his focus and set his sights on building two 12-story towers of luxury condominiums near Lambeau Field.

Designed as a glitzy playground for well-to-do fans of the Green Bay Packers, Prestige Park Towers would have enjoyed the dual distinction of being one of Green Bay's tallest structures and being paired with one of the country's most beloved sports landmarks.

But the $60 million condominium development fell apart, and the real estate now has been foreclosed amid conflicting accounts from the developer and city leaders about what went wrong.

The site of one of Green Bay's most recent and ambitious building projects is back on the market. It could figure prominently in plans to expand Lambeau Field's attractions into a larger entertainment district.

"It's in the sweet spot," said Mark Schnoll, a real estate broker marketing the property for Investors Community Bank, the Manitowoc-based bank that took over the 13-acre site last summer through a foreclosure that accused Kaczrowski of reneging on a $2.2 million loan.

On the Web: Pictures and promotional materials for the defunct Prestige Park Towers project.

Kaczrowski contends that the Prestige Park Towers concept failed because of a lack of support from city officials, particularly Mayor Jim Schmitt.

Noting that the mayor's former company, Famis Manufacturing Inc., has property nearby, Kaczrowski accuses Schmitt of sabotaging the development because Kaczrowski would not pay the mayor's price for his land.

"Unless I cooperated with him, he wasn't going to let anything get done there," Kaczrowski said.

Schmitt denies that theory, pointing out that the Famis site was not part of the Prestige Park Towers concept. The condo project failed, Schmitt said, because Kaczrowski could not come up with financing.

"That guy is one of those dreamers with no money," he said. "There are a few of these guys in every town."

The Prestige Park Towers concept drew considerable buzz locally after Kaczrowski announced his plans and unveiled renderings of the towers, which he hoped to build two blocks east of Lambeau Field on the street now known as Tony Canadeo Run.

The project was intended to include about 80 customized condominiums selling for $240,000 to $1 million or more each. Buyers would have access to underground parking, concierge services, a tropical-themed restaurant and other upscale amenities.

The city of Green Bay's website shows a 2007 photo of Schmitt and Kaczrowski together in front of a rendering, and describes Prestige Park Towers as "unlike any other development in Northeastern Wisconsin."

Aleta Meyer, who was Kaczrowski's sales director on the project, recalls that the condos drew strong interest from wealthy Lambeau Field season-ticket holders and snowbird residents who wanted to live in style near their favorite football team.

"That place would have been packed with Packers fans," she said.

According to Meyer, eight or 10 condos already were sold before things began to unravel, especially with the start of the recession in 2008.

City officials already had given preliminary approval for the project's design. But after Kaczrowski raised the possibility of needing financial assistance from the city, officials pulled back and the project lost momentum, Meyer said.

"All of a sudden we're running out of money," she said. "There was nowhere to go but down."

Plans for buying surrounding properties and clearing an area suitable for twin 12-story towers fell by the wayside, too.

Ron Smith, owner of Smitty's Used Cars, said he was willing to consider selling his Lombardi Avenue car lot. But Kaczrowski had no money and ultimately wasted time on a concept that was doomed to failure, Smith said.

Questioning why anyone would pay $1 million for a condominium at that location, Smith said another type of development likely would work better.

"It's prime real estate," he said. "It's just a matter of time before something comes along."

In the time since the Prestige Park Towers fizzled, the Green Bay Packers have announced plans for a "Titletown Entertainment District" to surround Lambeau Field with new restaurants, retail shops, and other sports venues or attractions. The organization has purchased 28 acres since 2005 as part of that effort.

Packers spokesman Aaron Popkey said that while development talks are focused on areas directly adjacent to the football stadium, long-range plans could extend farther, from U.S. 41 on the west to Ashland Avenue on the east.

Under that scenario, Kaczrowski's former development site could warrant closer consideration, Popkey said.

"It certainly merits discussion," he said. "That whole area is ripe."

Schnoll, a real estate broker for Milwaukee-based Inland Companies, is listing the 13-acre site in four separate parcels with a combined asking price of $2.7 million.

A couple of potential buyers have shown interest, Schnoll said, although neither would say specifically what they intended to build there.

Inland's marketing materials highlight the property's proximity to the Tundra Lodge Resort & Conference Center and other developments that Kaczrowski helped build before he turned his attention to Prestige Park Towers.

Kaczrowski said he will be interested to see whether Green Bay city officials provide the next potential developer the sort of assistance he says he was denied.

As for his defunct tower concept, Kaczrowski said he has no regrets — and no doubts that it could have succeeded.

"Everybody says I'm a dreamer," he said. "Yeah, I dreamed."
Here's the promotional video:

http://bcove.me/d1ywl1sr


My takeaway from the article: There's this quote by Mayor Schmidt:
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"That guy is one of those dreamers with no money," he said. "There are a few of these guys in every town."
Read: "Stop coming up with ideas, stop aiming high. I'm the leader of this community, and I declare there are no dreams to be had in this community. Unless you're rich."

I say this tongue-in-cheek of course..

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Old January 22nd, 2012, 09:44 PM   #7595
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When Tower posted the preview of this article yesterday, I'm sure we all predicted what it would say.

Here's the article in a nutshell:

Developer blames the city, the city blames the developer.

Anyway here's the expanded P-G article if you want to read more:

Here's the promotional video:

http://bcove.me/d1ywl1sr


My takeaway from the article: There's this quote by Mayor Schmidt:

Read: "Stop coming up with ideas, stop aiming high. I'm the leader of this community, and I declare there are no dreams to be had in this community. Unless you're rich."

I say this tongue-in-cheek of course..
Thanks for posting the entire front-page article today by the PG's Scott Cooper Williams. Lots of good information in there, both about the Prestige Parks Tower project in the past and the potential for that property in the future, maybe as part of the Titletown Entertainment District. (Wonder if the Packers would make an offer to purchase the site. The asking price for the entire 13 acres is $2.7 million.) If I were an official, I wouldn't entirely dismiss Kaczrowski as just a "dreamer." That he is. I like dreamers - sometimes they're called visionaries. But - if I have this right - Kaczrowski was instrumental in bringing the Cambria Suites and Tundra Lodge projects to the city and may have played a role in developing that pocket of restaurants on the southwest side of Lombardi and Ashland. (As GBObserver pointed out a while back, the latest news for that pocket is that it looks like a Dickey's Barbecue Pit will take over the former Wendy's there. There's a "coming" sign up.) Maybe if Kaczrowski had made his project one building instead of two, it would have had a better chance. Don't know. I would be careful, though, about burning bridges with any potential developer.
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Prestige Park Towers. At right is the Press-Gazette photo of developer Paul Kaczrowski that ran with today's coverage of the Prestige Park Towers project. The proposed luxury condo site was on both sides of Tony Canadeo Run from the area of Bart Starr Dr. on the east to the area of Reggie White Way on the west. That property is now for sale. Bing map.



KI Convention Center. The Press-Gazette headlines an editorial today on the KI Convention Centre dispute "Leaders Need to Clarify Downtown Vision." http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...owntown-vision

Wisconsin Public Service Corp. A profile of the new president of WPS, one of the largest commercial office building tenants downtown. WPS provides electricity and natural gas to more than 500,000 customers in Wisconsin and part of Upper Michigan. The company has 1,300 employees in both states. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...-people-issues

Downtown. Agenda item on Monday's 1/23/2012 GB Plan Commission agenda: 7. Discussion and action on the request to vacate the current Gregby Way to allow for future development, submitted by the Planning Department. . . . Agenda item on Monday's 1/23/2012 GB Traffic Commission agenda: 2. Report by the Planning Department of proposed bicycle facility improvements in and near the downtown area. http://www.ci.green-bay.wi.us/mins_agd/

Downtown. Signs on the south end of the former MGL Fitness Inc. building on N. Monroe Ave. say that a Main Oriental Market is coming soon. The north end of the building is for lease. The building years ago was a Goodyear tires outlet. . . . The new Yucatan Liquor Stand tavern just east of the newly reopened Confetti's on E. Walnut St. has closed and the location is now posted for rent. The Press-Gazette featured the tavern in an article last October.

Port of Green Bay. More on the port's successful 2011 season. It handled about 2.2 million tons of cargo last year, up from 1.7 million tons in 2010. It's the first time the port's been above 2 million tons since 2008. Recent activity peaked in 2005 and 2006, when 2.5 million tons were recorded. The Port of Green Bay saw its last vessel Jan. 9 and closed for the season last week. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...-rises-25-2011
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As an "out of state" person with no knowledge of any of the details about the Prestige Park Towers plan (other than what has been written above), I doubt if either party should be considered the primary reason that the project didn't happen. The main reason it fell through is because nationally, the real estate market was completely over-priced and development plans that looked good on paper in 2006 or 2007 -- simply were no longer workable by 2008. The way the bottom fell out of the real estate market - there was no way the condo project would work at the unit prices the developer originally thought he could get for them. It was smart for the mayor not to agree to put a bunch of additional city money into the project to try to save it. It would have just been good city money spent that would never have been seen again.

Mr. Kaczrowski is probably a good guy - and its good to have dreamers in your community. There were hundreds - probably thousands of big dreamers across the country - dreaming full speed ahead during 06 - 07 -- but most of them ran into all kinds of trouble by 08 - 09. Mr. Kaczrowski is probably lucky he didn't get this project started a year earlier - because if this would have been constructed - with an 08 opening, he probably would have found a whole lot of people deciding they really didn't want to buy their units in his project and he probably would have had a big time bankruptcy on his hands. I guess at least Green Bay might have had a couple of large, empty buildings - which might have been later bought in a real estate auction for a much cheaper price - and then eventually this building might have started to fill up with residents. For Mr. Kaczrowski, however -- he should probably feel thankful that he did not get this building started - because he likely would have lost a lot of money on it.
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KI Convention Center. The Press-Gazette headlines an editorial today on the KI Convention Centre dispute "Leaders Need to Clarify Downtown Vision." http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...owntown-vision

Mayor Schmitt is quoted as saying another announcement is coming downtown. Anyone venture to guess? I know Greg Flisram, ED Director several weeks back mentioned the city is talking to three different companies about moving downtown and Mayor Schmitt was hoping to nail down one before the end of 2011. Or could this involve potential movement on the Daily Planet site? Someone on here mentioned that we may hear more about that site in January. Associated Bank would make for a sweet announcement!
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