Clintonville proposing new tax district

Money would help finance housing project

Grace Kirchner Leader Correspondent

A proposed building project and plan to create a new Tax Incremental District will go to the Clintonville Common Council, after the Plan Commission approved a resolution to move the project forward on Jan. 25.

Several parcels of land would also be rezoned from industrial to multi-family under the plan to bring 48 housing units – and, ideally, more young professionals – to Clintonville.

A representative from Ehlers, the city’s financial adviser, Maureen Holsen explained to the commission that creating the mixed-use Tax Incremental District No. 8 would allow for a developer to construct four, 12-unit housing buildings; each would be two stories tall with attached garages. The project would likely be completed by the end of the year, Holsen said.

The housing project is proposed for an area along 16th Street, near Grant Street and Industrial Avenue.

While not releasing the name of the developer, City Administrator Sharon Eveland said the large, well-known company has other, similar projects statewide.

“This would be a housing opportunity in the city for young professionals,” Eveland said.

She said the city would be selling six acres to the developer for $4,000 per acre as an incentive.

Proponents of the plan see two distinct benefits to the city.

David Dyb, Clintonville School District superintendent, said the new housing could help attract quality educators to the district. He said he often loses out on hiring good teachers because they can’t find desirable housing, and they’d rather not commute to work.

“They don’t want to shovel snow or mow their lawns, and they want something new,” Dyb said.

Brad Rokus, chair of the Plan Commission, said he thought this was an opportunity to improve the tax base of the rest of the community.

Due to its geographic location and market conditions, Clintonville has seen little growth or new investment in recent years. Net new construction within the city, for example, has averaged only 1.185 percent in the last five years.

The plan will go to the Clintonville Common Council at its Feb. 13 meeting.