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Unique partnership could lead to new development

By Keith Barber

Architect firm Kahler Slater Inc., Milwaukee, has prepared a design for a multipurpose building to be constructed on the Ozaukee County Fairgrounds in Cedarburg.

The building is to be used by the county for annual fair events, as well as a facility for leased events such as weddings, conventions, expositions, trade shows and other affairs. In addition, the Milwaukee Curling Club, the oldest curling club in the U.S., has offered $1 million toward the $3.8 million construction cost, and another $900,000 over the next 10 years for use of the building.

The club has been searching for a new headquarters for some time due to deficiencies in their existing building at the Ozaukee Country Club in Mequon. The new 26,000-square-foot building would be used by the club from October to March, and then turned over to Ozaukee County for other uses.

This unique partnership will not only provide a new building for both the club and Ozaukee County, but could greatly enhance the local economy. New developments such as hotels and restaurants could be constructed due to the increased activities at the site. The building will offer a state-of-the-art, five-sheet court, a large viewing area, a bar, kitchen facilities, a curling museum, men’s and women’s locker rooms and restrooms.

The Ozaukee County Board will meet May 5 to approve plans and discuss borrowing for the project.

Keith Barber is a data reporter with The Daily Reporter. He can be reached at (414) 225-1821.

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