I am an Ultra-Conservative, Alpha-Male, True Authentic Leader, Type "C" Personality, who is very active in my community; whether it is donating time, clothes or money for Project Concern or going to Common Council meetings and voicing my opinions. As a blogger, I intend to provide a different viewpoint "The way I see it!" on various world, national and local issues with a few helpful tips & tidbits sprinkled in.
It is apparent that people are not remembering how things really were in 2006.
The email I get from my post “Run John Hohenfeldt For Cudahy Mayor, Please Run!” has mostly been positive.
We need someone with a vision of getting development in Cudahy and a Mayor who will be Mayor and we need to stop the pretenders, Mayor McCue and Mayor Day, who like to play Mayor!
Ask yourself what did Mayor McCue do and now ask yourself what has Mayor Day done?
You will come to the same conclusions as me and everyone else, nothing! The have done nothing besides increase Cudahy’s size of government. Mayor Day is more like Mayor in the dark of the night.
I want to bring your attention and help remove the cobwebs from people’s memories. Here is a snippet and the link to the 2006 Business Journal article that talks about the cities attempt to regain the site. I should also remind people that this was approved by the Council from 2001 to 2004, brought forth by Mayor Ray Glowacki, and at the time, Alderman McCue.
What's next for Powerade Iceport site?
Project's default prompts developers, Cudahy officials to look for new possibilities
The Business Journal by Pete Millard
Date: Sunday, May 14, 2006, 11:00pm CDT - Last Modified: Thursday, May 11, 2006, 4:00pm CDT
While the hockey and figure skating dream is virtually dead on the 35-acre site, Cudahy Mayor John Hohenfeldt is entertaining proposals from developers who envision building everything from a retail and residential development to distribution and light industrial.
"People tell me they can salvage some of the structure that's there," said Hohenfeldt, who would not identify the two developers interested in the erstwhile ice-rink development site.
The Powerade Iceport project was ballyhooed four years ago as a sports complex that would put Cudahy on the hockey map. The $35 million project, one of the largest of its kind in North America, included four professional-size ice hockey rinks and one Olympic-size rink.
The ice-rink complex was the cornerstone of a $43 million mixed-use development called LakePort Village, which continues to be developed.
Cudahy's Common Council voted in late April to foreclose on the combined LakePort Village and Powerade site in an attempt to recoup nearly $2.8 million that had been loaned to the developer to acquire the property.
This is the second time the city has declared the project in default. In October 2005, Cudahy aldermen voted 3-2 to take over the project. Two months later, the council agreed to extend the development agreement with Sportsites, avoiding foreclosure litigation.
On April 21, Hohenfeldt declared the project in default after developers failed to meet the city-imposed deadline of April 20 to find a new lender to complete a $29 million loan to allow construction to resume.
Cudahy has hired the Milwaukee law firm Michael Best & Friedrich to begin foreclosing on the property, which is owned by Milwaukee-based Sportsites.
According to the city's plan for the Powerade Iceport site, there still are 29 acres available for development. The biggest potential problem for the city, said Hohenfeldt, is that foreclosure proceedings could drag on for two or three years.