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A Solution at Mammoth Springs?

Arthur Sawall, who owns the 10-acre Mammoth Springs plot, has crafted a solution to re-route the Bugline Trail.

A Brookfield entrepreneur may have a solution to the Bugline Trail, which has bugged developers for decades.

In an exclusive interview with the Sussex Sun, Mammoth Springs property owner, Arthur Sawall, proposed a re-routed path for the Bugline Trail allowing construction to move forward on the 10-acre plot on the corner of Main Street and Waukesha Avenue. Currently, the Bugline cuts directly through the property, and that swath of land was purchased with federal and state dollars for recreational purposes.

If the land for the trail is transferred onto the new path, the federal and state officials would need reimbursements equal to the cost, size, and recreational opportunity afforded on the current path. It's thrown a wrench in Sawall's ability to move forward with the development.

Sawall purchased the property in January 2010. Sawall envisioned five buildings, either three or four stories high, comprised of roughly 135 units of "high-end housing." They would have underground parking. He also planns two retail and commercial-use buildings of either one or two stories each with easy-access surface parking filled with retail, offices and a coffee shop or restaurant.

However, relocating the Bugline is essential for Sawall to move forward with his plans. According to the Sussex Sun, village and county officials could meet with Sawall in the next few weeks to discuss his proposal. However, to this point, the governmental entities have moved at a snail’s pace.

In Sept. 2011, Sawall said he was hoping to have a solution to the Bugline within two weeks.

Richard Head January 10, 2013 at 04:37 AM
I don't know what the big deal with this relocating a trail is all about. That trail did not even go through there for years up until a few years ago. Now that they have spay paint on the ground and calling it a trail is stupid.who care if a railroad went through there before we were born. This dude wants to build something nice in this eye sore we have had to look at for as long as I can remember.
Carl Engelking January 10, 2013 at 04:11 PM
Seems like the state and federal agencies want their money.
CF January 10, 2013 at 08:01 PM
Big Deal. Move the trail a little. The vacant land is such an eyesore. I hope Sawall is successful in his development for Sussex.
Mike B January 11, 2013 at 02:28 AM
Sounds like a perfectly fine plan to me.

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