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Old January 20th, 2012, 09:04 AM   #7581
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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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Old January 21st, 2012, 05:56 PM   #7583
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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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Old January 22nd, 2012, 05:04 AM   #7584
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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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Old January 22nd, 2012, 07:59 PM   #7585
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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:

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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   #7586
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Originally Posted by Puant View Post
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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Sunday Update

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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Central Library. Library officials this spring are expected to ask the County Board to fund engineering work that could be the beginning of major renovations of the downtown library. The engineering is expected to cost about $1.5 million, and the renovations a maximum $23 million. Library Director Lynn Stainbrook says the county should proceed with the improvements. "It's time to fix this place up," she says. County Board Chair Guy Zima questions the projected engineering cost, and Sup. John Vander Leest says any repairs and upgrades should not exceed $10 million. Officials also are looking at noncounty funding sources like grants and energy funds to help finance the library renovations. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...xt|FRONTPAGE|s

Baylake Bank. The parent company of Baylake Bank has declared its first quarterly dividend since 2007, when it ceased paying dividends to preserve capital during the recession. Baylake Corp. said Monday it will issue a 1 cent per share quarterly dividend on its common stock. It had been paying 16 cents per share at the time it suspended dividends in December 2007. Based in Sturgeon Bay and also with an office downtown here, Baylake is the 10th largest bank with headquarters in Wisconsin. http://www.jsonline.com/business/bay...137915288.html

Days Inn. Is now completely down and just piles of rubble.
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Updated: Jan 23, 2012 5:26 PM CST


With Monday's mix of rain and snow, it seemed hard to think about bicycling anywhere. But that's exactly what Green Bay's Traffic Commission planned to debate Monday night - a proposal for bike and shared-use lanes for the downtown area.

The Green Bay Planning Department is looking to make five miles of the downtown area bike-friendly.

The proposal calls for painting bicycle lanes on existing roads along Broadway and Baird Street. Other areas - including Cherry, Crooks, Dousman and the Walnut Street Bridge - would have shared lanes for bicycles and cars.

"What we're trying to do is create a couple of functional loops that connect destinations that kind of reflect ways people are already riding in the community," Nic Sparacio said. Sparacio - an avid bicyclist and a city planner - is leading the charge to make these streets safer for cyclists.

"There are some dangerous situations that we're trying to correct with this. One is riding on sidewalks," he said.

The proposal calls for no new road construction, just paint and new signs. It would remove five blocks of on-street parking to make room for bike lanes. And where the street isn't wide enough, it would add markings for a "sharrow" lane - a new traffic engineering concept used in other cities and countries.

"It tells the bicyclist where to safely position in the lane but it also tells the motorist that bicycles belong there," Sparacio explained.

Sparacio said neighborhood and business leaders helped design this plan, hoping it reminds drivers on four wheels to make room for those on two. "Our main goals are to create a safer environment for bicycling and encourage more people to go out and use that as a mode of transportation."

If approved, the lanes should be ready in June.
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Brown County. Sales of existing homes in Brown County fell 0.3 percent from 2010 to 2011, from 2,103 to 2,096, while the median existing home price fell 1.4%, from $139,000 to $137,000. Statewide, sales increased 0.2 percent for the same period. As months passed during 2011, the Wisconsin Realtors Association says a trend began emerging throughout the state of more sales at a lower median price. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...s-rebound-2011

Green Bay Plaza. Old Country Buffet in the Green Bay Plaza will remain open as the restaurant's parent company files for bankruptcy protection. Other Old Country Buffet restaurants remaining open in Wisconsin are in Grand Chute, Madison, Brown Deer, Greenfield, Janesville, Onalaska and Eau Claire, while those in Brookfield, Racine and Kenosha will close. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...ay-s-west-side

UWGB. About 180 trees of a total 1,600 trees on the Shorewood Golf Course at UWGB will not be cut down, the university has decided. The decision was made after feedback from four public forums and through emails and phone calls. The course director says crews will continue a longstanding practice of removing dead or diseased trees in playable areas. http://www.wbay.com/story/16592047/2...n-to-cut-trees

Fox Cities & Oshkosh FYI. The Post-Crescent says after the nation's financial sector nearly collapsed in 2008, bank lending to small businesses in the Appleton-Neenah-Oshkosh metro area declined sharply as the local credit market essentially froze, according to data from the federal government. Small business lending fell from $542 million in 2007, when the Great Recession started, to $328 million in 2009, when the recession ended. Lending slipped again in 2010 — the latest year for which data is available — to $317 million. "The data provide a powerful illustration that the national financial calamity had deep and protracted reverberations in the Fox Valley," says the Post-Crescent. http://www.postcrescent.com/article/...-credit-crunch

Olde Main Street District. Olde Main Steet Inc.'s annual meeting is tomorrow at the ARTgarage from 4 to 6 p.m. http://downtowngreenbay.com/olde-mai...annual-meeting

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Austin Straubel. The number of passengers arriving at and departing from Austin Straubel airport in 2011 increased 1% from 2010. A total of 731,284 passengers used the airport last year, compared to 725,036 in 2010. The numbers were split almost evenly between arrivals and departures. In December, however, arrivals and departures dropped 7% - from 51,651 to 48,020. The numbers indicate the decline reflects principally the departure of Frontier Airlines from the airport. (Continental's numbers look now to be merged into United's.) From a chart in today's Press-Gazette, no link.

Downtown. Coverage by Wisconsin Public Radio of downtown Green Bay redevelopment activity. "When this property was built 40 years ago, we led with retail," Jeff Mirkes says of the former Port Plaza Mall. "Today there's a different thought process. We are beginning to encounter more people that are interested in an urban residential opportunity. So we believe that strong corporate presence will also be a catalyst to some of the other important components of a downtown's success." http://wpr.org/news/display_headline...?storyid=27903

Downtown. Bank Mutual Corp. reported a net loss of $48 million in 2011. That compares to a net loss of $73 million in 2010. In the fourth quarter, the bank reported a net income of $1.4 million, compared to a net loss of $76 million a year earlier. Bank Mutual has an office downtown at 201 N. Monroe Ave. in the former First Northern Savings & Loan building plus seven other locations in the Green Bay area. The bank is headquarted in suburban Milwaukee. From today's Press-Gazette, no link.

Broadway District. From OBI: "With a heavy heart, we must announce that The Burger Company, located at 106 S. Broadway, will close after January 29. Owner Ray Salter is retiring from the restaurant business, but will continue to be Chair of the Broadway Business Improvement District (BID). Be sure to stop in for one last burger this week and wish Ray and Kathy well! Stay tuned for details regarding the future of the restaurant’s vacant space." OBI photo. http://www.facebook.com/OnBroadwayGB?sk=wall



Broadway District. The 9th Annual Winterfest On Broadway 2012 is this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. OBI expects most outdoor activities - like ice sculpting and wood carving - to be held. But because of the lack of snow, snowboarding may be canceled. A new event this year is a sled dog-pull competition featuring the Tri-State Alaskan Malamute Club. At present there's a 60% chance of some snow Friday night, with highs the rest of this week around 30 to 35. http://www.winterfestonbroadway.com/ and http://www.wbay.com/story/16599519/2...nter-festivals

Downtown. The latest issue of DGBI's "What's Up Downtown." http://campaignbox.imagedistillery.c...432AF2E34A2A5F

UWGB. More on UWGB scrapping plans to remove about 180 mature oaks from its heavily wooded Shorewood Golf Course. "The oak savanna forest here pre-dates the course itself," says the course director. "The university and Shorewood management will always value the integrity of that property." Shorewood was built in the 1930s and originally was an 18-hole course. It later was converted to nine holes when construction on the new UWGB campus began in the 1960s. http://www.wisconsinoutdoorfun.com/a...|text|GPG-News
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Hey Tower thanks for posting! Love this building. Would be nice to someday see the windows restored on the second floor to their full length!
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Hey Tower thanks for posting! Love this building. Would be nice to someday see the windows restored on the second floor to their full length!
That WOULD be nice. May have had a corner tower at one time too that was lopped off. Sounds like there may be something else replacing the restaurant. Wonder what it could be.

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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.
Well said. Again, it might have worked as just one building. But, as you say, it would have opened just as the economy tanked. Even in the best of times, I don't think Green Bay could support a 24-story condo project. There is a 14(?)-story condo or apartment building along 41 in the Fox Cities, so that might indicate something like that possibly could be built here at the right time and place and under the right circumstances.

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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!
Could be one of a half-dozen or so possibilities. Or a complete surprise. I thought it was interesting that Flisram said what I took to be the Schreiber global technology research center project could involve not one but two buildings.
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Broadway District. From OBI: "With a heavy heart, we must announce that The Burger Company, located at 106 S. Broadway, will close after January 29. Owner Ray Salter is retiring from the restaurant business, but will continue to be Chair of the Broadway Business Improvement District (BID). Be sure to stop in for one last burger this week and wish Ray and Kathy well! Stay tuned for details regarding the future of the restaurant’s vacant space." OBI photo. http://www.facebook.com/OnBroadwayGB?sk=wall
A few days ago I saw Lance Morrow(?sp), the owner of Taste of the South restaurant, at the the gas station. In the brief discussion we had he mentioned that he was "going into the Burger Co." I don't know if he's moving Taste of the South into the location or taking over the operation of Burger Co. I was in a hurry so I didn't ask. Taste of the South is located next door to the Burger Co.
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Broadway District. OBI Executive Director Christopher Naumann says the Broadway District - made up of primarily locally owned retail shops and restaurants - has a 90 percent occupancy rate. More than 20 businesses have opened up the last two years, he says, and foot traffic is growing. Ray Salter, the retiring operator of The Burger Company, says recent business is up about 45 percent. "This is the new downtown Green Bay,” he says. “This is the closest thing to a downtown that we have." Linda Galt of Kavarna and Parisi's Delicatessen says the district is filling in with new businesses and "especially since the recession ended, everyone is doing really well." Images from WLUK, including scenes from Winterfest On Broadway on Saturday. http://www.fox11online.com/dpp/news/...-good-business





Broadway District. With three inches of new snow, sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-20s, an estimated 5,000 people attended the ninth annual Winterfest On Broadway on Saturday. Activities included kite flying at Leicht Memorial Park, ice sculptures along Broadway, a sled dog pull competition, horse-drawn wagons, art and craft, games and packed restaurants and stores. Press-Gazette photo. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...|text|GPG-News



Broadway District. The Press-Gazette reports plans call for leasing The Burger Company's corner space to the adjacent Taste of the South On Broadway restauarant. (The two are connected by an inside doorway. My guess is Taste of the South will expand into the new space plus keep its existing space, which includes a bar.) Ray Salter, 67, who owns the building the restaurants are in, says he'll vacation for two months before returning as chair of the Broadway Business Improvement District. He plans to oversee installation of new planters in the Broadway District in time for the first farmers market of the season. The latest issue of OBI's Broadway Beat says Salter and his wife, Kathy, purchased the Grey Building in 1983. They converted second-floor offices into studio apartments and the first floor into Papa Salter's Restaurant and Lounge, which operated in 1984 and 1985. Over the years, the location has also housed Fuzzy's Sports Bar, Grandpa Rays, Maria's Mexican Restaurant and La Cocina. The Burger Company operated there from 2007-2009 and again from 2010 to present. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...ing-Burger-Co- and http://myemail.constantcontact.com/N...id=DJeQjeY7If0

Olde Main Street District. Continued growth of Gallery Nite and the East River Trail extension are key projects for the Olde Main Street District in 2012, says OMSI Executive Director Jeff Mirkes. The group had its annual meeting Wednesday at the ARTgarage. Mirkes says the trail project has some funding through grants from the DNR and the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program. Other OMSI goals for 2012 are development of a five-year strategic plan, development of a Cannery Arts Center (no details here), expansion of the Park in the Art bike-rack program and utilization of a downtown survey, conducted in 2011, to recruit businesses. Olde Main has a new promotional video plus new banners for light poles promoting "The Arts District." Founded in 1998, Olde Main Street Inc. is a Business Improvement District supported by assessments on commercial property within the district. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...ls-initiatives

Olde Main Street District. Here's the new promotional video. http://packersnews.greenbaypressgaze...motional-video



Downtown. Feature article on a new addition to Washington St., the Vintage Liquid Emporium at 119 1/2 S. Washington St. (A correction in the Press-Gazette the next day seems to indicate the name of this place is actually Nines Cocktail Lounge and its location is 121 S. Washington St. So I'm confused.) http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...wn-versatility

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Highway 41. Crews plan to remove the W. Mason St. overpass over Highway 41 overnight Wednesday through Friday plus Feb. 6 and 7. While the overpass is removed, 41 traffic overnight will be detoured to the Mason St. interchange off ramps, then back to the freeway using on ramps. At the same time, traffic on 41 will be reduced overnight to one lane in each direction between Lombardi Ave. and Highway 29. While the Mason interchange is being rebuilt, Highway 54 traffic will be detoured to 172 and I-43. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...xt|FRONTPAGE|s and http://www.wbay.com/story/16627033/2...uction-project

Highway 41. WisDOT videos. Image of 41 northbound at Lombardi Ave. News coverage here: http://www.wbay.com/story/16610998/d...-of-the-future

Northbound on the 6 to 10-lane 41, taking the flyover to 29 westbound: http://www.us41wisconsin.gov/overvie...-ave-to-wis-29
41 southbound thru the 29 interchange: http://www.us41wisconsin.gov/overvie...o-mason-street
Bird's-eye view of the W. Mason St. interchange: http://www.us41wisconsin.gov/overvie...treet-overview
From 41 southbound thru roundabouts on eastbound W. Mason St.: http://www.us41wisconsin.gov/overvie...d-mason-street
Taking 29 eastbound into the city from the 29 freeway: http://www.us41wisconsin.gov/overvie...-taylor-street
Other 41 videos: http://www.us41wisconsin.gov/overview/project-videos



Oneida, Wrightstown, Greenleaf, Pulaski. Highway projects scheduled this year. Highway 54 in Oneida, including new bridge over Duck Creek and roundabout at Seminary Rd. Removal of buildings and site clearance for new Highway 96 bridge over the Fox River in Wrightstown. Highway 96 resurfacing from Wrightstown to Greenleaf. http://www.postcrescent.com/article/...xt|FRONTPAGE|s Future reconstruction plans for Highways 32 and 160 in and around Pulaski, including downtown, scheduled for 2013 and 2014. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...ction-projects

De Pere. Organizations and businesses are being asked to submit proposals for the former locktender's house in De Pere. A report released in September found the exterior of the two-story building in good condition but its interior requiring major repairs. Possible new uses include a bed-and-breakfast, visitor's center, museum or canoe rental shop. Repairs and renovations could cost a half-million dollars, with grants and/or tax credits available. The house was built in 1912 on Government Island next to the De Pere Lock, was vacated in 1983 and has been on the Wisconsin and national registers of historic places since 1993. Its architectural style is Dutch Colonial Revival. The building is one of 10 state-owned former locktender houses, nine of them historic sites, along the Fox River from Menasha to De Pere. Photo from the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/...|text|GPG-News and http://heritageparkway.org/in-the-ne...-a-locktender/


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