Plans moving forward for former New Page Mill in Kimberly

Plans moving forward for former New Page Mill in Kimberly

A new residential and mixed-use neighborhood may become the future for the former New Page property overlooking the Fox River in Kimberly.
KIMBERLY, Wis. (WFRV) - A new residential and mixed-use neighborhood may become the future for the former New Page property overlooking the Fox River in Kimberly.

A master plan will be unveiled Nov. 14 for the 98-acre property.

The public is invited to attend a community meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Mapleview Intermediate School, 125 E. Kimberly Ave., to view the plan and provide feedback.

Early this year, the Village received the final report and recommendations based on public feedback from three separate community workshops.

This report included several redevelopment priorities identified by the community, including making the riverfront the main focus and attraction of the site. “The workshop results showed a strong preference for the creation of an entirely new, well-functioning, walkable neighborhood which contains a mix of land uses and thoughtfully-placed green spaces,” said Eric Fowle, executive director of ECWRPC.

The master plan supports the construction of multiple mixed-use residential and commercial buildings. “We are really looking forward to putting the final touches on the master plan by sharing it with the community. It includes trails, green space and amenities that will create a new gateway to the riverfront,” said Adam Hammatt, Village Administrator. “Any development proposal that comes forward will need to meet the criteria that are identified as the highest and best use of the property,” he added.

In the meantime, demolition of the former mill is scheduled to be complete by May 2014. GEI Consultants is working with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to provide an environmental assessment and any necessary remediation plans. “We are confident that we can meet the master plan redevelopment goals while effectively managing any environmental issues identified on the property,” said Paul Killian, Senior Project Engineer with GEI Consultants.

Kimberly Village President Chuck Kuen said, “This has been a long time coming.  The loss and demolition of the mill has been difficult, but I am confident that the resilience of Kimberly will win the day.  Redeveloping this site will be something our community can be proud of while continuing to make Kimberly a great place to live, learn, work, and play.”

Kimberly officials noted that timing of the project will depend on approval of various public funding requests and permit approvals. 
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