I am an Ultra-Conservative, Alpha-Male, True Authentic Leader, Type "C" Personality, who is very active in my community; whether it is donating time, clothes or money for Project Concern or going to Common Council meetings and voicing my opinions. As a blogger, I intend to provide a different viewpoint "The way I see it!" on various world, national and local issues with a few helpful tips & tidbits sprinkled in.
We welcomed Castillo's Family Style Dining, who took over the vacant IQ-Buffet restaurant.
Old Kohl’s Property
Affordable Heating bought the building. They are going to remodel it and use it as a warehouse and show room. The will be doing some landscaping which will include a thermal heating and cooling device as well as a pond.
Economic Development Department
I have personally seen the rejection letter sent to Jack Vaccaro regarding the city’s decision to go in a different direction.
What is the word on the street (rumors)?
Meyer Property (Iceport)
Well, there is a recycling place that is looking at it, however they are also looking in Fond Du Lac just of US 45. I was told that they like the soon to be Interstate property better.
Caterpillar-Bucyrus. I was told they like the rail line goes between the South Milwaukee Bucyrus location.
Well, things are not a smooth as some people would like the Wal-Mart project to be going in South Milwaukee. Now this could just be a ploy of Wal-Mart to help push the stalled project.
I was told strongly that Wal-Mart does NOT want to go to the Pennsylvania and Layton site. I was told, please get Mayor Day, the CDA, and the Alderpersons to understand that since they are all still pushing that site.
STOP pushing that land, even ShopKo pulled away from the development on that site. Someone will want it.
Looks like Target will be staying put on the Chase Ave store and not moving into Bay View. I was told Target is looking for land, but that is no longer a top priority.
I was told former Mayor McCue’s house sold last month and he and his family have moved up north. I still wish the best for him and his family.
Remember former Cudahy Economic Director Lara Fritts? She is now the President and Chief Executive Officer of Annapolis Economic Development Corporation (AEDC).
Retail Market Analysis
Submitted by aedc_admin on Fri, 03/11/2011 - 18:32
Research Firm Kicks off Retail Market Surveys in Annapolis and Surrounding Retail Areas
Surveys to take the pulse of shopper opinions in Annapolis and provide key insights to customer patterns and behaviors.
Annapolis, March 28, 2011: The Annapolis Economic Development Corporation is pleased to announce today the kick off of the survey portion of the Retail Market Study being conducted by BBP, LLC. Please take a moment of your time if you are approached this week by the professional survey crew and provide them with your valuable feedback.
“The AEDC is looking forward to hearing from the residents, visitors and the out-of-the-area guests that make up our shopping community about their shopping preferences. We look forward to seeing the trends and interpreting the data received,” said Lara Fritts, Annapolis EDC President.
Representatives of BBP anticipate deploying several teams of surveyors both downtown and the immediate surrounding areas during the week of March 28 – April 1, 2011. The survey will be available via the Annapolis EDC website as well at http://www.annapolisedc.org. Please take a moment while you are there to sign up on our mailing list to receive our e-newsletter and event notices.
Initial findings from the Retail Study will be discussed at the May 11th Downtown Forum hosted by AEDC and BBP, LLC at the Downtown Marriott, which is being sponsored by SunTrust Bank. This forum will be held from 8am-10am and light refreshments will be served. Although this event is open and free to the public, we ask that you please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (410) 280-2712 if interested in attending.
Some comments about the meeting
Bob McWilliams says:
May 12, 2011 at 10:39 am
They say they’re 75% done, but so far, there doesn’t seem to be much substance here. Hopefully, the last 25% will have some meat to it. Otherwise, this is a 100% waste of money.
May 12, 2011 at 12:46 pm
There was a lot of information in the charts presented that just didn’t make sense (median vs per capita averages, avg. age/avg. housing cost, proposed store breakdowns). The demographics also almost exclusively favored educated, middle-upper/upper class Annapolitans who are relatively tech savvy. That pretty much excludes our significant labor base, and leads to all kinds of inaccurate assumptions.
Also, I don’t want to jump to conclusions about BBP’s competency, but the question & answer session was filled with “why didn’t you think of this?” and their reps responding “yeah, we need to include that in the future.” I’m sure $25k isn’t a terribly large retainer for this sort of work, but if that was my business I’d be a heck of a lot more prepared if not simply to save my reputation.
Coming soon: Cudahy Mayor Day And What Has He Done?
Hint – Remember I said at worst he would do nothing like Mayor McCue and at best, bring change and improvement. Well at least he is at City Hall 8-5, but where is the development and the improvement in communication?
As I drive around Wisconsin, I see development, just NOT in Cudahy.