Packers raze more houses near Lambeau Field
ASHWAUBENON – The Green Bay Packers resumed razing buildings this week.
Contractors working for the NFL team demolished a house at 2054 Barberry Lane on Tuesday and followed with the demolition of a house at 2057 S. Ridge Road on Wednesday. The team acquired the single-family homes in 2014.
The houses are on the south side of Lambeau Field, adjacent to Lot 10, the area the team uses for event parking. Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy has said land south of the stadium will not be used for commercial development.
In the commercial development area west of the stadium, businesses in the strip mall at 1928 S. Ridge Road have closed and are moving out of the building. That likely will be the next structure to be razed by the Packers, who also own and plan to demolish houses at 1064, 1070 and 1076 Blue Ridge Drive.
Last summer, the Packers razed about a dozen houses on on Barberry Lane, Valley View Road and South Ridge Road, directly south of Valley View Road, to create about 450 grass and gravel lot parking spaces.
The Packers are expected to announce their plans for commercial development along Lombardi Avenue later this summer.
The team owns 63 parcels west, south and east of Lambeau Field, which is owned by the Green Bay/Brown County Professional Football Stadium District and the city of Green Bay. All of the parcels are in Ashwaubenon and total a little more than 65 acres. The land is assessed at nearly $49 million. Property taxes were $965,815 for 2014.
The Packers started acquiring property around Lambeau Field as long ago as 1975, but most of the purchases were in the past eight years. They paid $53.7 million for the 63 properties. That does not include costs for buying out leases or demolition, which the team has not disclosed.
The team plans to develop land west of Lambeau Field to provide it with non-football sources of income. Details have not been disclosed, but Murphy last month offered a hint of their plan.
"A big important piece of it will be a public plaza. We think we've got some exciting plans for that," he said. "We've got a number of different things that we're looking at that we think will help attract and bring more people to the area, and it's going to help everybody."
The Packers' lone completed development is the Cabela's outdoor sporting goods store at Lombardi Avenue and Argonne Street near Interstate 41. The store is not adjacent to the development area between South Ridge Road and Marlee Lane, but is considered to be the gateway property to the Lambeau Field district.
— Todd McMahon/Press-Gazette Media
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