GREEN BAY - Green Bay's mayor, the city council president and downtown business owners say they want a leadership change in the Broadway district. They all say it stems from talks of bringing a Walmart to that area.
The city leaders and business owners wrote separate letters today to On Broadway, Inc.’s board of directors asking for the change.
Marza Luna owner Marta Mezo says she and her Broadway peers want to take back On Broadway, Inc.
“We would hope that change occurs pretty quickly,” said Mezo.
Tuesday night, Mezo and 21 other business owners known as The Broadway Business Alliance met. 18 owners voted to endorse a vote of no confidence in On Broadway's board of directors.
“It's enough of a divergence that we feel that we really need to be able to look at new leadership in the board,” said Mezo.
In a letter sent to the board of directors, the alliance cites the possible Walmart store and a lack of communication as reasons for change.
“At this point and time, slightly disappointed to hear that type of statement come out from this group,” said Christopher Naumann, the executive director for On Broadway, Inc.
Naumann says On Broadway has been transparent in its negotiations with Walmart.
“It is a little premature to make any judgment at this time until we have a proposal in front of us to even discuss,” said Naumann.
Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt says he sides with the Broadway business owners. Along with City Council President Tom De Wane, Schmitt also wrote a letter to On Broadway's board members, sharing similar concerns as The Broadway Business Alliance. Schmitt and De Wane want Naumann and board President Greg Larsen to step down.
“They've owned that Larsen Green property for seven years,” said Schmitt. “That's a long time. What has happened there? Nothing. You add all these things together and maybe it's time for a leadership change.”
“I don't think we've done that bad of a job given the success of the district to date,” said Naumann. “That being said, we've always got challenges and issues and that's just the nature of the business.”
On Broadway's Board of Directors is scheduled to meet Thursday night. It's unclear whether they will address any of the concerns brought to them.
FOX 11 reached out to a majority of the board members. They either declined comment or did not respond to our messages.
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