The city of Cudahy, which owns the former Iceport property, is studying whether to build a railroad spur through the site to attract development.
“I’d like to see manufacturing on that site,” said Mayor Ryan McCue.
The city bought the foreclosed 31.2-acre site at sheriff’s auction in June and plans to redevelop the land. The property was owned by Sportsites LLC, Cudahy, which planned to build a 220,000-square-foot Iceport skating rink on the property.
That plan failed in 2004, and nothing has been built on the site.
The city is drafting a plan to build a railroad spur that would branch off the Union Pacific Railroad track along the eastern border of the property, said Lara Fritts, Cudahy economic development director. The spur would let companies load and unload freight on the site.
The city completed the first phase of a study that revealed, from an engineering standpoint, the spur can be built, she said. The next step is to negotiate with Union Pacific, which owns the track, to get permission to build a spur, she said.
As a selling point for the site, the city is willing to build the spur, Fritts said. But Cudahy will not build it until a tenant has committed to the site, she said.
The city also has applied for a $200,000 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources grant to prepare the property for development, McCue said. He said he expects a response from the DNR this week.
McCue and Fritts would not reveal the names but said many companies are talking to the city about developing the site.