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Open Honest McCue
I saw on CudahyNow (Plans in works for former Kohl's Food site) that the CDA met in closed session, then came into open session and voted unanimously to approve the financial structure in concept at the Kohl’s Site.
While that old building is a dump, how much city money is going into the development, and what are the plans?
If Mayor McCue, who ran on an open meetings platform, can't come out and tell the public how potentially taxpayer dollars are going to be used, shouldn't he eat his words?
Why is the CDA always meeting in closed session, and then giving candy away to everyone who walks into the city, except Wal-Mart!
I don’t want to give the store away nor do I think Wal-Mart should get funds, but be fair to the developers and the businesses they bring! The name on the building should not matter!
I would love to see a comment out of the Mayor, other than, “No Comment”!
A quick check of the new website http://www.cudahy4business.com has the following:
Former Kohls Site – The CDA has begun discussions with a business looking at revitalizing the former Kohl's building on KK. Because real estate negotiations are currently underway, and the CDA does not want to jeopardize these negotiations, the name of the business cannot be disclosed at this time.
The identity of the developer has not been disclosed at this time.
The site at Plankinton and Kinnickinnic avenues is outside the city's tax-incremental finance district, but the project may be eligible for TIF funding because the state now allows TIF funds to be spent within a half-mile of a TIF district.
Tax-incremental financing, or TIF, is a mechanism that allows municipalities to borrow money to fund infrastructure improvements for an area that otherwise would be difficult to develop or redevelop. The increased property tax revenue from the improved land is then diverted from the tax roll to pay off the loan.
Eberhardy said the allocation of TIF funds are key to getting the proposed project accomplished.
Plans for the vacant site are consistent with the Cudahy 2020 Comprehensive Master Plan, she said.
"Those of us who know about the plans are very excited," she said.
Specifics on the proposal likely will be disclosed next month, she said.
Side Notes Source Page
Cobalt Site - On April 14, 2009 the City of Cudahy Community Development Authority (CDA) voted to stop negotiations with Cobalt Partners and recommended termination of the Memorandum of Understanding. This matter is expected to appear on an upcoming Common Council agenda.
Downtown Décor – The new banners have been ordered replacing the old tattered ones. The will be installed for this Summer from Cudahy to Holmes along Packard Avenue. The flower baskets are expected to be installed at the end of May but no later than the first week of June.