City of Sheboygan purchases old Schuchardt farm for development and wetland

Mayor Bob Ryan and the Common Council are pleased to announce the purchase of 180-acre parcel of land on the city’s western city limits.

The Common Council has agreed to approve the offer to purchase for the property known as the “Schuchardt” property for $2,000,000 payable within three years of the closing date. A contingency of the offer to purchase, the city of Sheboygan will be seeking to annex the property.

The city will be working to brand and market the property into an “eco-friendly” green technology or corporate business park and list the property at the national level to prospective “green” developers. The plan may include constructing energy efficient office and service sector buildings. The city has completed a wetland and environmental delineation on the property to determine the developable acres that includes approximately 80 acres of the property. The undevelopable areas will be kept in the natural state adding to the aesthetic beauty of the proposed “green” corporate business park project.

“The purchase of this property provides the city of Sheboygan additional opportunities to diversify the workforce with more professional salaried positions,” said Mayor Ryan.

The city will be working in the coming months to develop a plan that is environmentally, financially and market responsive that will increase the city’s tax base, create jobs and maximize the investment. The plan will review the benefit/value comparisons utilizing cutting-edge green technology, including, but not limited to, porous pavement that absorbs rainfall, green sewers made from fiberglass, buildings with green roofs, solar panels, energy efficient lighting and systems for reusing gray-water runoff as part of the overall development.

As determined during previous planning efforts in the district, it was noted a technology/research campus on the Schuchardt property could have major economic impacts to the district. The development proposed for the Schuchardt property provides the city with an opportunity to build upon recent planning successes (Harbor Centre, South Pier) to further establish itself as one of most dynamic smaller-sized cities in the country to live, work, and play.

“The long-term viability of this district is dependent on more people working in the district, which in turn, drives the need for additional services, such as retail centers, specialty stores, and service oriented businesses,” stated Chad Pelishek, city development manager.”

For more information, contact the Department of Planning and Development at (920) 459-3377 or the Office of the Mayor at (920) 459-3317.

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