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The Way I See It!

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.

Jen's Sweet Treats Coming Soon To Cudahy

Cudahy, Development, John Hohenfeldt

On Thursday October 9, 2014, I had to opportunity to meet Ms. Jennifer Clark, the operator of a bakery called "Jen’s Sweet Treats” who will be soon opening her business in Cudahy. 

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Going Sign Crazy!!!!!

Racine, Development

“I propose an additional modification of the new proposal for the business window sign ordinance - we should create a complex series of differential equations to govern the use of signs and create an entire new city Department of Signage.  Hiring of at least two hundred additional city staff and inspectors will improve our local economic development picture because we will have the best looking windows in America.  Can't the taxpayers see that the one in one hundred businesses with "messy" windows are ruining the local economy by preventing new businesses from relocating here and causing Racine residents to move away?

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Wal-Mart Comes Others Follow

Development, Wal-Mart, South Milwaukee

Development Update: Burger King Planned Near Walmart

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Ground Breaking for Community Based Residential Facility

Cudahy, Development

Ground Breaking for Community Based Residential Facility July 16, 2014 held in Cudahy

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Packard Plaza Leasing Agent

Packard Plaza, Development, Email

So below is my email back and forth to the now ex-leasing agent, Dana Meadowcroft. 

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Cudahy District 3 Shovels in the Ground Development

Cudahy, Cudahy District 3, Development

So we are moving along with development in Cudahy especially in District 3 folks.  Just wait until we get in full swing of things.

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Cudahy By the Numbers

Development

It has come to my attention some people want to know how development happens in a City, so I figured I would write about it.  For some of the avid readers of mine, some of this will be taken out of old posts as we need to have some common understandings first to all be on the same page.

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Business Conditions

Development

It has come to my attention some people want to know how development happens in a City, so I figured I would write about it.  For some of the avid readers of mine, some of this will be taken out of old posts as we need to have some common understandings first to all be on the same page.

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TIF - What are PILOTs & EATs?

Development, TIF

It has come to my attention some people want to know how development happens in a City, so I figured I would write about it.  For some of the avid readers of mine, some of this will be taken out of old posts as we need to have some common understandings first to all be on the same page.

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Traffic Counts

Development

It has come to my attention some people want to know how development happens in a City, so I figured I would write about it.  For some of the avid readers of mine, some of this will be taken out of old posts as we need to have some common understandings first to all be on the same page.

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TIF's & TID's

Development, TIF

It has come to my attention some people want to know how development happens in a City, so I figured I would write about it.  For some of the avid readers of mine, some of this will be taken out of old posts as we need to have some common understandings first to all be on the same page.

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Economic Development Update - Retailers in Trouble, Downtown Revitalization Progress

Cudahy, Development

Information provided by City of Cudahy Director of Economic Development/ Inspections and Zoning Brian F. Biernat

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A One Year Review

Cudahy, Development, Common Council

Let’s take a look back at the last year of things happening in Cudahy.  Remember all of this is a team effort and this isn’t a complete list, just some of the things happening in Cudahy.

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Some Real Info On Grammer AG's Move

Wisconsin, Development, Jobs

Grammer AG has announced that it is moving its North American headquarters from Hudson to northeast Mississippi.

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2013 Cudahy Review and 2014 Cudahy Plans

Cudahy, Development, John Hohenfeldt, Mayor

By Cudahy Mayor John R. Hohenfeldt

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Packard Plaza Update

Cudahy, Development, Packard Plaza

As promised I was able to get the Dana form Brixmor (owner of Packard Plaza) to the Common Council to be grilled by the Mayor and Council members.

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Packard Plaza Rep Coming Before Tonight's Common Council

Cudahy, Development, Packard Plaza

As many of you know Packard Plaza, even though it is NOT in District 3, was an important topic for me during the Spring Election.  Most importantly that someone from the Packard Plaza Owner’s management team come in person in front of the Common Council and the Public to explain what is going on…

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Development Coming to Pennsylvania and Layton?

CDA, Cudahy, Development

At the CDA meeting we saw basic overall drafts of Development on Pennsylvania and Layton.  Nothing was solid yet and no names attached.

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Cudahy Tourism Commission Volunteers

Cudahy, Development

By Mayor John Hohenfeldt

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Welcome Averitt Express to Cudahy!

Cudahy, Development, Trucks, Welcome

I just want to welcome and thank Averitt Express for coming to Cudahy and taking over the old Road Runner terminal.

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Development and the 3-19-13 Joint CDA/Common Council Meeting Plus

2013 Election, Alderman, Cudahy, Development, Brian Biernat, Mayor, Tony Day

It was nice to see Alderman Otto make it to the meeting so the Third District had representation.  Now when he came in I did say hi Mr. Otto but he wouldn’t even look at me or acknowledge me or those people I was with who said hi as well.

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I Heard a Plan

2013 Election, Alderman, Cudahy, Development, Zachary Wisniewski

So I heard that it is floated around.

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Losing Another Packard Plaza Business?

Cudahy, Development, Brian Biernat, Mayor, Tony Day, Packard Plaza

So I was told by a member of Get it Now’s management that their District Manager on Thursday March 7, 2013 made the decision that once the lease is up in 2 years they are moving!

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Randy Hollenbeck's Alderman Plan/Platform

2013 Election, Alderman, Cudahy, Communication, Development, Fees, Taxes, Randy Hollenbeck

Communication -

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Randy Hollenbeck's Alderman Plan/Platform

2013 Election, Alderman, Cudahy, Development, Fees, Packard Plaza, Randy Hollenbeck, Taxes, Referendum, Communication

Communication -

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Bay View Neighborhood Association 2012 Survey Results

Bay View, Development, retail, Retail

Come take a look at the Bay View Neighborhood Association 2012 Survey Results.  You will see some interesting things in it.

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Mayor Day You Have Failed This City!

2013 Election, Businesses, Cudahy, Development, Mayor, Packard Plaza, Tony Day, Arrow

I am NOT a Johnny Come Lately on Packard Plaza nor am I just now discovering development should have been one of Mayor Day’s top priorities.  He is too little too late!

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South Milwaukee's Wal-Mart In the News

Development, Retail, retail, South Milwaukee, Wal-Mart

Walmarts in South Milwaukee, West Milwaukee look to April opening

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Randy Hollenbeck's Community Qualifications for Cudahy District 3 Alderman

2013 Election, Alderman, Cudahy, Development, Safety, Taxes, Open Records Request, Randy Hollenbeck

Dear Cudahy Citizens of District 3,

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Some Corrections on the Cudahy Wal-Mart

2013 Election, Bay View, Cudahy, Development, Iceport, Brian Biernat, Mayor, McCue, retail, Retail, Tony Day, Tony Zielinski, Wal-Mart

This last weekend, I heard something that was not exactly the truth but a revisionist who is a politician (Cudahy Mayor Day) hoping to get re-elected (fudging) and he was caught off guard when talking to another elected official (Milwaukee Alderman Tony Zielinski) about Wal-Mart.

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Office Space Fills As Rents Drop - Just NOT in Cudahy Packard Plaza

Brian Biernat, Cudahy, Development, Packard Plaza, Mayor, Tony Day

Office space fills as rents drop

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Please Take Notice Of New Berlin's Mayor on Development

2013 Election, Cudahy, Development, Mayor, New Berlin, Restaurant, retail, Retail, Tony Day, Businesses

I want people to take notice that one of the Mayor’s JOBS is economic development and the pursuit of finding, attracting and bring (landing) them in!

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Cudahy Has 2 of These - Eight Retailers That Will Close the Most Stores

Cudahy, Development, Brian Biernat, Mayor, Tony Day, retail, Retail

Sears Holding Corp – Kmart

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Common Council Meeting Today

Alderperson, Cudahy, Development, Common Council, Mayor, Tony Day, Packard Plaza

Further below is the meeting agenda.  As you all look at, notice Mayor Day is going to give updates to Packard Plaza.  So do you think if I didn’t make this a big point and it wasn’t an election year he would be talking about it?

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Let's Talk Some More on the Dysfunctional City of Cudahy

2013 Election, Alderman, Alderperson, Cudahy, Development, Brian Biernat, Common Council, Email, Mayor, Tony Day

I have talked about that development is a major issue in Cudahy and that our different segments of City Government pertaining to it are not on the same page, no check that, not even in the same book.  It is dysfunctional and with dysfunctional things it is spreading to other things.  It spreads like cancer.

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Let's Talk About Hiding Something in Plain Sight

Alderperson, Brian Biernat, Development, Mayor, Tony Day, Referendum, Common Council

So if you travel to the Cudahy Economic Development site you will see this:

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Is El Rey Coming to Packard Plaza?

Cudahy, Development, Mayor, Packard Plaza, Tony Day, Wal-Mart, Common Council

So my wife was at the Franklin Wal-Mart checking out and two women in front of her were talking about the new South Milwaukee Wal-Mart opening in April. 

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Did Anyone From Cudahy Attend This Business Symposium?

Culture, Development

I shudder to ask if anyone in Cudahy Economic Development, the Mayor or if anyone from the City attended or even knew about this.

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Our Voice Was Heard!

CDA, Cudahy, Development, Brian Biernat, Iceport, Franklin, Packard Plaza, retail, Retail, Tony Day, Meijer

Okay people, Mayor Day is finally talking publicly about Packard Plaza!  The constant pressures we have placed on him and Brian Biernat have got them interested in the situation there.

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Oh Look Here Is Some Development In Cudahy - Well Maybe!

Cudahy, Development, Packard Plaza, Retail, retail, Wal-Mart

So another “Condo” project is being proposed for Cudahy.  This must be some of the Earth shattering Kaboom development we were promised!

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Cudahy Mayoral Candidate John Hohenfeldt's Response

2013 Election, Cudahy, Development, John Hohenfeldt, Mayor

Dear Randy:

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An Open Letter to the Soon to Be Elected Cudahy Mayor

2013 Election, Alderman, Brian Biernat, Cudahy, Development, John Hohenfeldt, Mayor, Tony Day, Randy Hollenbeck

Dear soon to be elected Mayor,

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As Cudahy District 3 Alderman

2013 Election, Alderman, Brian Biernat, Cudahy, Development, Randy Hollenbeck

As Alderman for the 3rd District of Cudahy I will be pushing that Cudahy’s Economic Development Director Brian Biernat comes to one Common Council meeting a month and explain in meeting and during the open session what is going on.

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A Reader Brought This City Website Flaw To Our Attention

Cudahy, Development, Lara Fritts, Mayor, Tony Day, Iceport, Brian Biernat

Well I have talked about the City of Cudahy’s Economic Development website and how out of date it was.  Basically untouched since Lara Fritts left in 2010.

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Is Cudahy Going To Lose Another Business Soon - Datastore?

Businesses, Brian Biernat, Development, Cudahy

We will have to wait and find out if Iron Mountain is going to keep the Cudahy Datastore open. 

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Under Mayor Day, Cudahy is Not Focused on Development

Brian Biernat, Cudahy, Development, Mayor, Tony Day

Cudahy’s Economic Development Director Brian Biernat is looking for an assistant at $40k plus benefits to make up for the work he cannot do given his focus is on inspection.

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One of Cudahy's Problems

Cudahy, CDA, Development, Food, Mayor, retail, Retail, Wal-Mart

The Cudahy Wal-Mart battle showed exactly why Cudahy is/has been on a downslope – NIMBY

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Yes City Officials Play a Big Role in Development Especially the Mayor!

Brian Biernat, Businesses, Cudahy, Development, Franklin, Mayor, Oak Creek, Tony Day

Mayors are to be the biggest cheerleader for the city.

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So Again Cudahy Loses Another Business - Dunham's Sports at Packard Plaza

Businesses, Brian Biernat, CDA, Cudahy, Development, Mayor, Packard Plaza, Tony Day

Thank you Dan Vnuk for letting people know about this!

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Cudahy Loses Yet Another Business!!!

Cudahy, Development

Cudahy Losing Another Business

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Cudahy Things

Cudahy, Development

Cudahy nixes warehouse plan

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Cudahy Losing Another Business - South Woods of Cudahy closing Oct. 28

Cudahy, Development, Restaurant

From MJS:

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Some History on the Iceport and Mayor John Hohenfeldt

Cudahy, Development, Iceport, John Hohenfeldt, Mayor, McCue, Tony Day

It is apparent that people are not remembering how things really were in 2006.

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Is Cudahy's Economic Development in the Twilight?

Brian Biernat, Cudahy, Development, Mary Jo Lange, Taxes, Tony Day, DPW, Packard Plaza

So in South Milwaukee Dollar General announces it is expanding its store there and in Cudahy Saturday September 22nd Aldi's closed down for good.

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Run John Hohenfeldt For Cudahy Mayor, Please Run!

John Hohenfeldt, 2013 Election, Cudahy, Economy, Development, Mayor, McCue, Tony Day

I happen to run into former Cudahy Mayor John Hohenfeldt.  The first thing I said to him is please run for Cudahy Mayor, please run!  We need you!

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Cudahy Info and Rumors

Cudahy, Alderperson, Alderman, Brian Biernat, Development, Mark Otto, Mary Jo Lange, McCue, Mayor, school, School Board, Tony Day, Rumors

So it is that time again that we find ourselves with a City that just doesn’t want to get information to the public!  It makes me think that underhanded things happen and are happening.  This leads us to have to fish for information and lets rumors fly.  Well you know I will air them out and let things fall where they may.  Flush them out and bring light to them in a city so bent on keep people in the dark which keeps the rumor mill working overtime.

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Is Cudahy Losing Another Retailer in Packard Plaza?

Cudahy, Development, retail, Retail, Packard Plaza

So I am hearing that Merchandise Outlet is leaving Cudahy in a big part to the land owner upping their rent to make up for the loss in revenue from the empty spaces!

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Jay Weber of WISN 1130 on Cudahy Development

Cudahy, Development, Iceport, Jay Weber, Mayor, McCue, podcast, retail, Retail, Taxes, Tony Day, Wal-Mart

Listen to Jay Weber Podcast of:

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Cudahy Might Lose Aldi's?

Brian Biernat, Cudahy, DOT, Development, Mayor, retail, Retail, Tony Day, Wal-Mart, Packard Plaza

Well I keep hearing from people around Cudahy that Aldi’s is looking at leaving and moving to… yep, you guessed it, South Milwaukee.  Oh yeah not far from the Wal-Mart and to an area with more traffic.

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End of an Era in Cudahy!

Cudahy, Development, Tony Day, Mayor, Trucks, Wal-Mart

Well the Roadrunner Milwaukee terminal is history in Cudahy.  They have moved to Brown Deer. 

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Cudahy Development???

Culture, Development, CDA, Iceport, Mayor, Tony Day, Email

Here are some emails on Cudahy Development!!!

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Effort = Outcome

Brian Biernat, Cudahy, Development, Education, Local Government, Mark Otto, Mayor, school, School Board, South Milwaukee, Police, St. Francis

I would like to see the Elected Officials of Cudahy get serious about the real things plaguing our City.

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From the Inbox - Lack of Cudahy Development & City Reorg

Brian Biernat, Cudahy, Development, Email, Mark Otto, Mayor, Tony Day

Randy,

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Cudahy in the News Recently

Cudahy, Development, Police, Police Activity

Cudahy man charged in prostitution case

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Cudahy Development

Brian Biernat, Cudahy, Development, Iceport, Mayor, McCue, Tony Day, Wal-Mart, Retail

I am sure most readers have seen the MJS article titled “Ex-Iceport site in Cudahy draws interest” if not here it is:

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We Should Welcome Brian Biernat Cudahy's New Director of Economic Development

Cudahy, Development, Brian Biernat

Mr. Biernat’s hiring was approved in June 2011 and he started his part time position on October 3, 2011 as the Director of Economic Development.

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Vapor Development - In the Hopper/In the Pipeline

Budget, Development, Cudahy, Iceport, CDA, Tony Day

Okay Cudahy residents I am just sick and tired of hearing that Cudahy development is “In the Hopper/In the Pipeline”.  That statement has been the moniker of the McCue administration and is now the Day administration.  I don’t SEE anything coming of it!

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Cudahy Losing Another Business

Cudahy, Development, Mayor, Tony Day

When are the powers that be in Cudahy going to wake up?????

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Is That Development On the IcePort? No, Just Moving Dirt Around.

Cudahy, Development

From the Business Journal

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Cudahy Hires New Economic Director

Cudahy, Development

From what I am hearing, the info will be made public soon.  I was told he is NOT part of the old guard and lives in Saukville.

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Unanswered Letter to Cudahy Mayor Day

Cudahy, Development, Lara Fritts, Tony Day

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WOW - Annapolis Economic Development Video

Development, Lara Fritts

Annapolis Economic Development Corporation Launch
December 07, 2010

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Economic Development

Cudahy, Economy, Development, Lara Fritts

Congratulations to Mrs. Fritts! 

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Wisconsin's Business Climate

Wisconsin, Taxes, Development

Questions to think about.

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Cudahy Development Articles You Might Have Missed Part 3 - 2006

Cudahy, Development, Retail, Cobalt Partners

Retail, office planned for Cudahy landfill site

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Cudahy Development Articles You Might Have Missed Part 2

Cudahy, Development, Iceport, Lara Fritts, Retail, Wal-Mart

Cudahy weighs two properties for big-box developer

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Franklin Wal-Mart Supercenter

Franklin, Development, Retail, Wal-Mart

Redesigned Wal-Mart includes groceries

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Pewaukee Costco should open in 2011

Development, Retail, Pewaukee

Village of Pewaukee — Costco is a go…Almost.

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Cudahy Development Articles You Might Have Missed Part 1

Culture, Development, Lara Fritts, TIF

Slow market weakens project incentives

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Cudahy Kohl's Site Cleanup Cost Confusion!

Cudahy, Development, Lara Fritts, Taxes

It appears somewhere, somehow, that the cleanup costs for the former Cudahy Kohl’s site are wrong by somebody or someone.

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Former Kohl's Site a Community Center?

Cudahy, Development, Lara Fritts, Wal-Mart

I have been hearing from many people that the property owner might want to donate or sell the land for a dollar to the City of Cudahy with the premise the city would cleanup the asbestos and remove the oil/gas tank that is still under ground and turn the building into a Community Center.

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New Target Store in Brookfield on Bluemound?

Brookfield, Development, retail, Retail

City officials wary of plans for Target store on Bluemound

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Vacant Cudahy Land & the Airport

Cudahy, Development, Airport

As you travel around Cudahy and other parts of Milwaukee that border the airport, you will notice that there are areas of vacant land that have to be left open as they are in the flight zone (landing zone) and for safety reasons need to be left vacant.

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Where is the New News for Cudahy 4 Business Website?

Cudahy, Development, Lara Fritts

I received this email the other day from a reader.

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Another Vacancy at Packard Plaza

Cudahy, Development, Packard Plaza

We all knew Quality Candy would close at Packard Plaza

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The Perfect Out - How a City Might Get Wal-Mart to Go Away.

Development, Retail, Wal-Mart

This is a hypothetical “What IF”!  Any similarities to actual events or people is just purely coincident.

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Meyer Site (Iceport) Back Taxes

CDA, Cudahy, Development, Iceport, Taxes

Comptroller Williamson or Accountant Schuknecht,

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City of Cudahy Retail Marketing Analysis Final Report

Cudahy, Development, Iceport, Lara Fritts, CDA, Retail, Retail Marketing Analysis

Not sure where the city link is to the full report since the condensed version on the city site doesn’t give you the proper information.  Ms. Fritts could you please be so kind and put up that link as well.

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What did the City Wide Marketing Survey Say about the Meyer Site?

CDA, Cudahy, Iceport, Lara Fritts, Development, Retail, Wal-Mart, Retail Marketing Analysis

It said big box retailing was perfect for the Meyer (Iceport) site.

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New Interchange a Good Thing!

DOT, Development, Franklin, Oak Creek, Roads, Businesses, KRM

Drexel interchange at I-94 rolls ahead

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America Needs a Two-Tier Worker Program

Culture, Economy, Development, Illegal Aliens, National, Wages

We need to be building things not just selling and servicing things.  China's commerce minister Chen Deming has pointed out something that maybe many Americans don’t want to believe.  The way America is today, it just isn’t practical to start producing goods such as telephones and televisions again.

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The Sara Investment Development on Layton

Cudahy, Development, Email

Information provided by: romi1

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Priorities for Cudahy Mayor Tony Day

Cudahy, Development, Mayor, Tony Day, Packard Plaza

I know Mayor Day already knows that “Development” in Cudahy is the key issue.  And it is sad that Cudahy has an Economic development team with a full time Director of Economic Development that was misused and misguided.  As I keep getting asked, how and why was precious time and resources taken away from this team for School and Mayoral “PR” stories and why was the valuable Director of Economic Development asked to take time away from her job to help work on an Employee Manual when one of the Alderpersons full time job is HR?  The only answers I have received have been, you do what the Mayor asks and if you aren’t in the clique or on good graces with the Mayor polices and wants, not much will be asked of you.

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New Golf Superstore. Why Not in Cudahy?

Development, Sports, Retail, Brookfield

Golf superstore coming to Brookfield

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