That’s the headline of an editorial in today’s Milwaukee Business Journal that opens:
If you drove by The Rock Sports Complex in Franklin in early August, you saw a long line of cars waiting to get into the entertainment center to take part in the 2016 Warrior Dash Wisconsin, which drew more than 5,700 participants. That is the kind of impact The Rock has had on southern Milwaukee County since Mike Zimmerman converted the former Milwaukee County landfill to the sports complex several years ago.
Franklin is currently deliberating a $21 million tax incremental financing district that would pay for Ballpark Commons. Zimmerman wants to build a minor league baseball stadium and other developments. City funding would help towards the various costs of the project.
The Business Journal is in favor:
“This is a project that makes sense and deserves the approval of Franklin leaders. Zimmerman’s initial development of the site has transformed it to become a regional destination.”
I wholeheartedly agree. But a lot remains to be done. And this is Franklin we’re talking about that could mess up a one-car funeral.