Here it is–the next hot shopping plaza. And possibly your next home.
Santa’s stacks are just in the way.
“We’re going to be transitioning a stack of coal into a $100-million economic development project right in the middle of downtown,” said Representative David Steffen of Green Bay.
Repurposing the piles would be a $20-30million purchase and the willing sellers would include WPS, We Energies, and C. Reiss Coal Company.
Green Bay wants to expand the port to that side of the river and develop the westside waterfront.
“We can find a path forward,” he said. “To move the C. Reiss coal piles, that are located right now right in the most important part of downtown Green Bay. Move them to the mouth of the bay.”
The plan is to act fast–with a decision expected later this year, then the process would start.
“We’re going to work very quickly to make sure this passed because this is going to require the city, the county, the state, and maybe even the federal government to be involved to make this happen,” said Steffen.
City leaders plan on sending a letter of committment to the sellers as early as next week to get the project moving.