In Stoughton, engaged city residents continue to ask hard questions about the proposed Kettle Park West development. In January, Stoughton’s Council approved a developer agreement with Forward Development Group of Verona (also Kettle Park West LLC) for a parcel at the intersection of Highways 51 and 138. Approval was granted two weeks after the big box store tenant was revealed to be the Wal-Mart Super Center. The developer maintained that agreement with Wal-mart had required the secrecy to that point. Stoughton already has a Wal-Mart, but not a Super Center. The new store would be four times the size of the existing one and would be one among about four retail tenants.
Included in their advocacy efforts, Stoughton residents have produced an extensive presentation on the risks associated with using TIF for Wal-Mart at Kettle Park West. Click here to read their analysis.
As this proposal moves forward, Progressive Dane will continue to report on updates on the issue and remains committed to reforming TIF policies around Dane County.