Wednesday, January 9, 2013
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 …
Monday, June 18, 2012
The Bugline Trail paving project is going full-steam ahead, and that means laying asphalt straight through the Mammoth Springs/Cannery Crossing without waiting for development issues to be worked out.
With development at Mammoth Springs – formerly known as Cannery Crossing – moving along at a snail's pace, representatives with Waukesha County say they're not waiting for the green light to lay asphalt on the Bugline Trail straight through the property. Dave Burch, Waukesha County's enterprise operations manager, says he's through with waiting, and he hasn't heard any news Mammoth Springs is close to development. "The village has been working on plans to redevelop that for decades, and the county owns the right-of-way that cuts right through that property," Burch said. "If we waited for them, which we currently are, it could case a big delay in paving the Bugline. We haven't even seen any final plans yet... If they had everything …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Sussex is up for some major changes: the Bugline, Main Street, Village Hall, Cannery and Village Park are getting complete makeovers. What matters most to you?
Sussex is on the fast track to a complete makeover with major aspects of the village slated for changes in the upcoming years. However, Patch wants to know what big improvement project matters the most to you. Check out the articles outlining the latest news on each construction project, and then vote in our Patch Poll. In the comments, tell us about your vote. Are you for or against the project, and why are you so passionate? All of these ongoing stories are on the top of Sussex Patch's list of priorities when providing coverage, so your vote could influence future stories.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Deal will reroute the Bugline Trail in order to keep it from interfering with the Cannery Crossings development in Sussex.
The Cannery Crossings development project has overcome another hurdle holding it back from becoming reality. The Waukesha County Board has voted unanimously to allow for a transfer of land containing part of the Bugline Trail in exchange for another parcel of land in order to reroute the trail. With the approval, the county gave the developers about 0.85 acres of land in exchange for a 0.71 acre parcel. The county’s portion containing the trail was valued at $267,000 in 2007, compared to $222,000 for the land it obtained in the swap. The proposed Cannery Crossings development located near Waukesha Avenue and Main Street will be a mixed use commercial and residential project. The development company-Mammoth Springs LLC is expected to …
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Plan will act as a guide for leaders as they develop a new vision for area along Main Street.
Sussex has taken yet another step forward in crafting its downtown redevelopment plan. The Village Board gave unanimous approval Tuesday to amending the Sussex 2020 comprehensive plan and preliminary approval to the Main Street vision and action strategy plan. Those actions pave the way for the village to continue to build a downtown redevelopment plan, using preliminary plan as a guide on how to proceed. The board also held a second public hearing on the plan prior to giving approval Tuesday, however, more hearings will occur in the future. “We want as much public input on this as possible,” Village President Greg Goetz said. “This is going to be their downtown as well.” The downtown redevelopment plan entails road and sidewalk …
Monday, July 25, 2011
Initial district would be smaller in order to protect against possible property value losses.
Sussex officials are still interested creating in a special taxing district in the downtown area, but it may be a lot smaller than originally planned. Village Administrator Jeremy Smith told the Community Development Authority last week the village should start with a smaller tax increment financing district because property values have fallen in the past several years, and there could be problems if that trend continues. Smith said if a TIF district loses property value, the money raised would go toward paying back the lost value. However, if the district is centered over an area the village knows will increase in value, it would be a more secure venture. “With property values falling, you don’t want to have a huge loss,” he said. …
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Village would fund $1.75 million in road and sewer improvements up front, with developer repaying for the costs during a 10-year span.
Despite some reservations, Sussex officials say they’re willing to pay for public improvements for a proposed condominium development and then recoup that money via a special assessment. The village is moving in that direction even though some Wisconsin counties have backed away from guaranteeing the repayment of such projects. “The times have changed and how you get a development done now is different than five years ago, it just is,” Village Administrator Jeremy Smith said. “We’re reverting to what we did in the '70s and '80s.” The proposed Glen at Seven Stones condominium project calls for 56 units ranging in cost from $225,000 to $300,000 and in size of 1,400 square feet to 1,800 square feet. The units must be presold as part of the …
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Village Board takes first steps by hiring consultant to prepare study on TIF district.
Sussex officials are taking the first step toward creating a special taxing district that could spur development downtown. The Village Board is authorizing the PFM Group to begin creating the scope and size of a possible tax increment financing district to aid in the redevelopment of an area stretching from the Piggly Wiggly to the Cannery Crossing project located near Main Street and Waukesha Avenue. Village Administrators Jeremy Smith said the TIF district could stretch further on Main Street, depending on what recommendations are brought forth to the village. “This is just a first step,” he said. “We could amend the boundaries as we go forward. It could make sense to make is longer and narrower, or it might make more sense to make it …
Monday, June 20, 2011
Developer leaning toward calling project Mammoth Springs; Alterra may be part of the development.
One of the biggest development projects coming to Sussex appears to be getting a new name. Kasey Fluet, assistant development director for Sussex, told the Community Development Authority last week that the developer of Cannery Crossings is beginning to favor the alternative name for the project, Mammoth Springs. “He seems really interested in going with that name,” she said. The project, which will be located on a 10-acre site on Main Street and Waukesha Avenue on the eastern edge of downtown, will contain a mix of housing and retail development as part of the overall redevelopment plan of the downtown area of the village. Patch was unable to reach developer Arthur Sawall for comment. Fluet said the village is looking into the marketing …
Monday, June 6, 2011
Leaders say conceptual designs will continue to evolve as development proceeds.
The Plan Commission is expected to vote June 16 on the village's downtown redevelopment plans. The plans were sent to the commission after the Community Development Authority endorsed them last month. After the commission reviews them, a public hearing will take place on July 16 and then the plans will go to the full Village Board for approval. There were two plans presented to the public at a February hearing where residents were able to provide feedback on the concepts. Both concepts were well received by the public and the CDA allowed for elements of both plans to be used the plan that is moving to the Plan Commission. Village Administrator Jeremy Smith Smith said elements of both plans can remain options to the village because the …