On Tuesday a Milwaukee County Board committee voted to sell land it owns in Franklin to developer Mike Zimmerman. The land would be part of Zimmerman’s proposed Ballpark Commons development.
The story was reported by Sean Ryan of the Milwaukee Business Journal. His article is only available online to subscribers. Here are some of the key details:
- Milwaukee County would sell about 140 acres of land at South 76th Street and
West Loomis Road to a group led by Zimmerman.
- The land includes the Rock Sports Complex.
- Zimmerman built The Rock on county land.
- The area to be sold also would be used for a minor-league baseball stadium, golf driving range, indoor sports training center and supporting restaurants and stores.
- The development would also include about 300 apartments and a 100-room hotel south of Rawson Avenue.
- The landfill at the site is a concern, Zimmerman concedes.
- Ryan reports Zimmerman’s group would assume from the County the responsibility for maintaining the landfill gas system on the property, costing about $167,000 a year.
- The current landfill gas system would be replaced in 2018.
- The county and developers would both put money into a trust fund to pay for the gas system’s maintenance and eventual replacement in 2038.
- The developers would commit about $127,000 a year to that fund, and the county $20,000.
- The full Milwaukee County Board must vote on the sale later this month.
- If the sale is approved, and environmental studies come back positive, construction could start in late summer.
- The first baseball games in the stadium could take place in late May 2018.