2018 shaping up to be a big year of development

BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - As we delve into a new year there are several major development projects Action 2 News be following in the Green Bay area.

One of the projects include residential construction and public improvements in the Rail Yard along the Fox River.

Also, the development of the Shipyard on South Broadway which looks to include entertainment and sports venues.

Another is the push to finish and open Hotel Northland downtown and plenty of re-development will look to revamp Green Bay's east side.

2018 is also a year of planning and input for a new expo center in Ashwaubenon replacing the nearly 60-year-old Brown County Arena.

“As we are planning, we're working with the Village of Ashwaubenon, the county board, interested parties, to continue to put together a memorandum of understanding, drafting the RFP, for a proposal to go out to seek architect and design, so all of that will be taking place in 2018,” said Brown County Executive, Troy Streckenbach.

A majority of the funding will come from the excess room tax but the rest will be funded through the half-percent sales tax that took effect on January 1st.

There's plenty of other projects on the planner this year.

“Obviously, so if you look at the sales tax infrastructure plan that we approved, there's a significant increases in our roads, and bridges construction this year, we have the stem innovation center that will be housing the engineering school for the University of Green Bay,” said Streckenbach.

On the other side of Lambeau Field, the Titletown District will look to complete phase two of its construction. It has partnered with Microsoft and the planned building will be a hub for economic expansion in the community.

“That should be coming in the next couple of months, at least getting started on that building, we hope to have that open next fall, and business growth and opportunity and venture capital and all the things going into that I think are going to be great for Green Bay and Northeast Wisconsin,” said Director of Public Affairs for the Green Bay Packers, Aaron Popkey.