County Board Approves Sale of Franklin Landfill to Developer
Sale Advances $100 Million Ballpark Commons Project
MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors approved the sale of the Crystal Ridge landfill to an affiliate of ROC Ventures today (11-7), a major step forward for the $100 million Ballpark Commons project in Franklin.
“The Ballpark Commons Development is a big win for Milwaukee County financially, environmentally, and will greatly improve the quality of life for residents. For the City of Franklin, this is a game changer that will forever alter the identity of our community,” said Supervisor Steve F. Taylor.
“I commend Mike Zimmerman and his team for enduring through this very long process and working transparently with both elected officials and surrounding neighbors to make this a first class project. I thank my colleagues for having the foresight and approving this grand venture.”
ROC Ventures, led by Mike Zimmerman, has operated The Rock Sports Complex which has on the property since 2011. The sale of the landfill allows Zimmerman to move forward with his Ballpark Commons project, a $100-million development that includes a minor-league baseball stadium, a high-tech golf driving range, and ancillary development including retail stores, restaurants, and other amenities.
The project’s construction is slated to begin in the spring of 2018 with the opening of the baseball stadium expected in 2019.
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