Q: While driving past the former Minergy plant, I noticed that Newmark Grubb Pfefferle has a sale sign on the property. The sign made me wonder whether Fox Valley Energy Center is trying to sell the plant and equipment, or the city of Neenah is attempting to sell the land.
A: The Newmark Grubb Pfefferle sign is not marketing the sale of anything associated with Fox Valley Energy Center or the public land on which it stands. The sign is promoting the availability of Glatfelter redevelopment Site 6, a two-acre property on Main Street immediately east of Millview Drive.
Chris Haese, Neenah’s director of community development and assessment, said the city hired Newmark Grubb Pfefferle to market Site 6 and Site 7, a two-acre site at the corner of Main and West Wisconsin Avenue across from the Plexus Corp. headquarters.
Site 6 encompasses the grassy area on which the sale sign stands and the western half of the parking lot for the Affinity Medical Group clinic. Affinity owns the parking lot closest to its clinic but leases the parking lot closest to Millview.
“The curb line between the two parking lots is essentially the property line,” Haese said.
The lease allows Affinity to use the property for parking until the city finds someone interested in developing Site 6. At that point, the city must provide Affinity with 50 parking stalls somewhere else in the downtown parking system.