Prairie du Chien citizens discuss Blackhawk Junction redevelopment

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Prairie du Chien citizens discuss Blackhawk Junction redevelopment

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, WISC. (excerpts from pdccourier.com) – “We’re at least a year and a half from getting shovels in the ground,” stated Economic Analyst Dan Johns, representing the city of Prairie du Chien’s planning consultant of Vandewalle & Associates, at the Blackhawk Junction redevelopment public visioning session January 6.  

Over 30 citizens, business owners and city administration gathered for a presentation by Vandewalle & Associates regarding the nine-acre property that Crawford County took title of last year due to tax delinquency and the city Redevelopment Authority then purchased Dec. 31. Those attending also spent time in small groups considering and debating specific business, residential and public possibilities. 

The city contracted with Vandewalle & Associates, Inc. upon receiving DNR grant funding to assist with brownfield/blighted redevelopment.  

“The city is in a better position than the private sector to make redevelopment happen,” Johns said. “Rather than put a ‘for sale’ sign in the yard and hope the right developer might come along, the city wanted to help direct this project and see it be successful.” 

Another public open house will be held in the coming months to obtain feedback on chosen concepts before finalization. It was also noted that the land is being remediated and readied to sell to potential developers who will eventually plan the project as they see fit. 

 

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