"Mike McCarthy Way" Closer to Becoming a Reality - WBAY

"Mike McCarthy Way" Closer to Becoming a Reality

Since the Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl in 2010, local leaders have wanted to name a street after Coach Mike McCarthy and now it looks like it may finally happen.

There's Lombardi Avenue and Reggie White Way, Brett Favre Drive and Holmgren Way.

Then there's Potts ...

"It's in the Packer area. It's right next to the practice field, it intersects to Bart Starr Drive, it's parallel to Lombardi Avenue, and it's just paces from the stadium," says Michael Aubinger, president of the Village of Ashwaubenon.

The village is proposing that Potts Avenue between Ashland Avenue and Oneida Street be renamed Mike McCarthy Way.

"Because Mike McCarthy is a known coach and winning the Super Bowl, that fits in with that area. So I think it probably patterns better with the rest of the roads in the area," says Aubinger.

"It's about time, and anything that brings more people to this area is a welcome change for us," says Mike McNerney, general manager at Green Bay Distillery.

Green Bay Distillery is one of several businesses in favor of the name change.

"I think it makes it a destination to come down and see what Green Bay has to offer," says McNerney.

But not everyone is on board. Action 2 News spoke with a couple of business owners along Potts who say they're concerned about a street name change because they're afraid their vendors and clients might think they've moved. They also say changing a street name means changing business cards, stationery, and it's costly.

"I think the financial cost is small compared to what it's going to bring for the street recognition," says McNerney.

Tuesday the Plan Commission voted to hold a public hearing on the matter at the July 22nd Village Board Meeting.

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