Renderings unveiled for Green Bay's new Shipyard plan

Green Bay's Shipyard proposal. (Photo: City of Green Bay)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- A new $10 million plan was publicly unveiled Tuesday afternoon for Green Bay's proposed Shipyard district.

The city spent the past four months re-tooling the proposal after the Green Bay Bullfrogs decided in February to move to Ashwaubenon.

The Shipyard District is proposed for city-owned property on the edge of the Fox River. It's next to the Mason Street Bridge.

The disappointment of the Green Bay Bullfrogs bolting for Ashwaubenon has worn off for city leaders and they now say the area, ripe for redevelopment, might now be better off.

“We're ok with that now,” said Schmitt of the Bullfrogs’ decision. “We talk about that around this place. It's like maybe that was a blessing in disguise.”

New Shipyard renderings show a turf field for football, soccer, rugby, and lacrosse. It would not be inside a stadium. The seating would be a grass berm.

Next to the field is what the city is calling "Container Park", a grouping of converted shipping containers to be used for retail and food.

The project also includes boat slips, an urban beach, children's playground, splash pad, and a walking path.

“At the end of the day, what I don't want to see is a $10 million investment that supports nothing but a couple of rec leagues,” said Brian Johnson, the alderman for the district where the Shipyard would be located.

Johsnon says he loves the project, but is concerned there isn't a main tenant for the field like the Bullfrogs were going to be in the previous plan.

“They were going to come in and manage the facility for the city,” said Johnson. “They were going to offer payment to do so, and unfortunately that deal has been lost, so we have to come up with a new option that is going to serve both the residents, but can also serve as a catalyst for future development.”

City leaders say they are still working on a main tenant for the field. They also say a stadium could be built around the field in the future.

Anduzzi's, Festival Foods' Mark Skogen, Breakthrough Fuel, and housing developers showed interest in the previous Shipyard proposal. Schmitt says they all remain possibilities to build in the new district.

“Do you want to be part of this? Do you want to be in that district? If you do, now is the time to get in,” said Schmitt.

Schmitt says he'll start providing that notice to businesses if the council approves the Shipyard plan next week.

City leaders say the project won't cost taxpayers a cent, as long as $30 million in new development is built in the area in the next 8 to 10 years. That is because the city is planning to pay for the project with tax revenue from any new development in the area.

“From what we’re hearing, we’re very confident that we’ll have a project this year,” said Schmitt.

The city also plans to spend $1 million to enhance homes north of the Shipyard site.

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