Lawrence warehouse development canceled
LAWRENCE, Wis. (WBAY) - Project Badger, a proposal to build a large warehouse on farmland along Freedom Road, is not moving forward.
Trammel Crow Company cited “changed market conditions” for the cancellation, according to Lawrence Town Administrator Patrick Wetzel.
“This is all we’ve received on a reason. This project is not happening in Lawrence. We’re not aware if it’s happening anywhere else in the area,” Wetzel commented via email. “Aside from the property being listed for sale, there are not any active plans for that property that we are aware of at this time.”
We first alerted you Trammell Crow hoped to build a 90-foot-tall warehouse, describing it as a fulfillment center. Trammel Crow said the warehouse would create over a thousand new full time jobs.
The project drew strong opposition from people who feared an influx of traffic and declining property values.
Town of Lawrence resident Matt Sullivan spoke at town meetings against the project. He hopes the residents and town board can come together on a shared vision.
“The board is sometimes using a comprehensive plan to make decisions, and sometimes not using a comprehensive plan in order to make a decision. And so as a result there’s a level of distrust among the residents and the board. There is not a collective vision,” Sullivan said.
What would that collective vision be?
“Maybe it’s a big park. Maybe it is a distribution center, if that’s what the town decides, if all of the citizens decide that.”
The Lawrence Town Board previously approved the warehouse plans. The center would have operated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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