Stakeholders host public information meeting to discuss future of Germantown golf course land

Dec. 6, 2013

Key players determining the future of Blackstone Creek Golf Course are holding a public information meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Germantown Village Hall so residents can see conceptual ideas for a new park and mixed-use development in the center of the village.

The Germantown Village Board plans to purchase approximately 153-acres of the golf course to both spur a $30 million development and build a public park. No sale has been finalized, though the Village Board in early November directed legal counsel to develop a purchase agreement and set a 45-day due diligence period to comb through it. That period ends Dec. 18. The Village Board will vote on the agreement Dec. 16, said Village President Dean Wolter. However, before any decision is made, key stakeholders wanted to share preliminary development plans with residents and gauge public opinion on the proposal.

The village wants to buy the property from Frank Romano and Troy Schmidt, who have offered to sell the land at $5,350 per acre.

The village would turn the land into a public park. If that occurs, Schmidt said the plan is to redevelop the remaining 40-acre parcel along Mequon Road and to the north of Mequon Road with a projected $30 million mixed-use development of retail spaces and single and multifamily housing. Schmidt, as well as developer Matt Neumann with Neumann Cos., will be at the information meeting to show residents a conceptual master plan for that area of the village. Neumann Cos., recently developed nearby land known as the Glen at Blackstone Creek.

Director of Parks and Recreation Joe Casperson will show park designs at the meeting and gather input on amenities the public would like to have there. The project is long-term. It could take between five to 10 years to complete, Wolter said.

"If (residents) don't want a park there, they can say what they would like to see there," he said. "It's a good opportunity for the residents to come and give their input on the project."

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