Broadway District continues to develop and expand into 2019

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) -- One year after a major setback with the Shipyard project in Green Bay, city officials say the Broadway District is rebounding in 2019.

The district runs from the Mason Street overpass to Mather Street along the Fox River.

Green Bay’s Development Director, Kevin Vonck, had a much better time at this year’s On Broadway State of the District, than the last one.

“I was a little bit nervous because I was thinking about this event last year. This event was just a few days after a certain baseball team told us they were leaving for Ashwaubenon,” said Vonck.

But this year was different because he could talk about how the city overcame that setback.

“The community came out and said, ‘No, don’t stop. We really do want to see something there,’ so we went back and talked to community and worked with staff to come up with some ideas,” said Vonck.

The ideas include an athletic field for sports and events, water front amenities like floating docks and an urban beach and a container park, where small businesses can grow.

“What we’ve produced is even better in terms of drawing a broader based audience down there and having more vibrancy than what was originally planned,” said Vonck.

But the $10 million Shipyard project is not the only new development in the Broadway District. In fact, On Broadway’s executive director, Brian Johnson, said 2018 was a record setting revenue year for the non-profit with 10 new businesses and 4.2 million of private investment.

“You have almost $30 million of development over there that has attracted a number of commercial tenants, retail spaces, restaurants and so we are thrilled about direction of that facility,” said Johnson.

Johnson said there’s more to come as current streets are expanded to allow for more development, including the current Railyard town homes that broke ground last December.

“Road construction will begin as soon as the frost leaves us, the Railyard town homes are under construction and we expect groundbreaking of the Broadway Lofts to occur sometime this summer,” said Johnson.

Authorities are also expecting to break ground on the Shipyard project this spring.