Entrepreneurs want to buy land from the city of Baraboo and build a winery on it.
On Tuesday, the Plan Commission and the Common Council’s Finance Committee will consider a couple’s proposal to buy 10 acres of land near Baraboo Country Club for $60,000. Matt Boegner and Kristin Harrington-Boegner also want the option to buy 13 contiguous acres at a later date for Balanced Rock Winery off South Walnut Street.
The Common Council has made selling excess property a priority. The city owns 23 acres currently zoned for single-family housing development near the golf course. In an analysis conducted earlier this year, one real estate agent estimated the property’s value at $400,000. Another said it’s worth $6,000 to $12,000 per acre.
If the sale goes through, the new owners would have to get the property rezoned for commercial use. The city would maintain access to South Walnut Street for the remaining 13 acres so it could be sold for development in the future if the Boegners decide not to buy it.
Boegner and Kristin Harrington-Boegner are winemakers with extensive hospitality management experience.
Under their plan, Balanced Rock Winery would sell a variety of wines and would host events ranging from movie nights to wedding receptions. Appetizers and sandwiches would be sold.
The couple hopes to begin site work in April and construction in September. Wine production is slated for December 2018, with the winery opening in March 2019.
Tuesday’s initial review by the Plan Commission and Finance Committee will address the proposed property sale. The Boegners would return with site plans later. The sale of the property could be approved by the full council in December or January.