According to a report by Tom Daykin of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a development firm has offered to buy just under 17 acres of land at the former IcePort site in Cudahy, with plans to build a distribution center on the site. As reported by Daykin, Cudahy economic development director Brian Biernat has previously indicated two separate distribution center projects, each using around 16 to 18 acres, were being considered for the former IcePort site.
While I’m certainly glad to see some development coming to Cudahy (especially on the IcePort site), are two distribution centers really the best Cudahy could do for the former IcePort site? That particular parcel of land is location on east Layton Avenue in close proximity to Packard Avenue, which is “downtown” Cudahy, and the site isn’t that far from General Mitchell International airport, which would seem to make it a prime location for development that doesn’t include “distribution centers” that are likely to be nothing more than truck depots.
I’ve long wondered about Cudahy’s “strategic plan” when it comes to economic development, because the city has an awful lot of city-owned lots that have been vacant for as long as I’ve been a resident of Cudahy (and in many cases, longer), and I’ve seen little in the way of positive development of those lots.