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Developers approached school district about St. Croix Meadows but no deal on the table

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Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

The Hudson School District said in a release Friday that they are not currently working with either of two  developers to turn the part of the former dog track into a secondary school.

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The question came up when a city council member made public statements during a televised candidate forum that one of the developers has had discussions with city representatives about rezoning the property for mixed use.  District discussions with both developers were preliminary and never reached a level of agreement on final purchase price and acreage which would have required action by the Board of Education in an open meeting with proper public notice.

In a press release, Board of Education President Tom Holland wrote: “The Hudson School District wanted to make sure the community was clear that no discussions or plans are currently on the table between the District and any developer for the St. Croix Meadows site. The Hudson School District maintains that St. Croix Meadows is well suited for a secondary school and could repurpose the existing building.

“Additionally, the School District believes there is enough acreage on the St. Croix Meadows site that could be mixed use without compromising the District’s future planning. In fact, the District offered a portion of the St. Croix Meadows property as mixed use in its final rezoning request to the City of Hudson. The district is willing to work with the City of Hudson and or any developer on a mixed use plan for the site that supports the School District’s secondary space needs and meets the long-term expectations of the community for a high school site.”

Holland noted that “time is of the essence” in light of overcrowding at Hudson High School and Hudson Middle School. The Hudson School District continues to search for a property that would meet the needs.

The Hudson School District vote at last week’s school board meeting to sell property the district owns on County UU after it was determined that it is not suitable for the construction of a three-year high school, the option chosen by the board for a new secondary school. More details of this story will appear in the March 20 edition of the Star-Observer.

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