KAUKAUNA - The long-abandoned place greyhounds once raced in Kaukauna could be in for some redevelopment.
The site just north of Highway 41 and west of Highway 55 in Kaukauna has been vacant since 1993.
Now officials say Walmart is eyeing the site.
What is now an overgrown field was once a multi-million dollar investment. The Fox Valley Greyhound dog track lasted less than three years before financial troubles forced it to close. Several possible developments and 20 years later, Kaukauna officials are hoping the site will soon be home to a Walmart.
"I think it would be huge, I think it would be fantastic for our taxpayers in the city of Kaukauna," said Kaukauna Mayor Gene Rosin.
The city received a letter of intent from a Milwaukee developer on behalf of the Walmart Corporation about 10 days ago. The letter gives Walmart exclusive rights to the sight for the next six months. The company will do sight testing and market research before making a decision on whether to purchase the sight.
"Within six months we'll know if Walmart has sincere interest," said Bob Jakel, Kaukauna community development director.
The Commerce Crossing site has about 60 acres available for development and city officials say the Walmart site could take about a third of it and they say they expect other development would follow closely behind.
"Typically box retailers do bring in other stores because they do not provide all the services internally, so there are some external services such as restaurants," said Jakel.
Like the Lazy Dog Sports Bar and Grill. The restaurant has been waiting five years for other development to join them in Commerce Crossing.
"We're all hoping it will come here because it will help all of us. We're hoping for more business and it will help develop the area more for Kaukauna," said co-owner Lori Wojtowicz.
The amount of tax revenue the store could generate isn't known yet. Rosin says Walmart is looking at a 150,000 square foot store.
"It's a nice size store we would be very happy with that."
Kaukauna purchased the property in 2003 and demolished the dog track buildings in 2006.
The city is asking $570,000 for the property.
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