RDA weighs offer for vacant Mill Street building

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – The Redevelopment Authority has some interest in the vacant building at 31 E. Mill St.

The RDA met Thursday with one potential buyer of the condemned building it took possession of late last year and learned that another potential buyer may be interested as well.

Scott Weigert of Sheboygan Falls provided the RDA with details of his plans to purchase and rehabilitate the long-vacant building, which the RDA bought from foreclosure for $14,651.

Weigert, a 1986 Plymouth High School graduate, explained that he would like to renovate the upstairs apartment – which he said he has a potential renter for – and turn the downstairs into office space for the Christian Intervention Program, which works with rehabilitating drug abusers.

“There is a very distinct problem throughout Sheboygan County with a heroin problem,” Weigert acknowledged, explaining that the CIP group works with local and county law enforcement and social agencies.

RDA members pointed out that the building needs extensive work, inside and out, which Weigert acknowledged.

“The front entrance is an eyesore, but for the amount of space in the building, there’s a lot of potential,” RDA chair Lee Gentine pointed out.

“I would remodel the interior first to get quick cash flow, then work with (the RDA) to see what you expect on the exterior,” Weigert said. “First we need to decide whether this is going to happen, then you can tell me what you expect. There isn’t anything that’s going to be done with the exterior until spring, so I don’t have a problem with coming back and working with you on the exterior.”

“I’m very excited and optimistic about this proposal, and I’d like to fast track this,” RDA member Jackie Jarvis replied. She also noted that another potential buyer was scheduled to tour the building Monday.

“We need to have requirements and expectations,” RDA member Mike Haucke said. “There’s got to be some kind of a contract set up so he doesn’t just sit on this building.”

“I think he has a real good idea of what he’s getting into,” Gentine said of Weigert.

Weigert agreed to work Mark Pfaller, the RDA’s design consultant, on possible renovations to the exterior of the building that would match the RDA’s Downtown Design Standards and Guidelines.


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