HORICON — The Horicon common council approved the creation of a new industrial park off of Highway 33 Tuesday.
The council on Tuesday voted unanimously to purchase a 40-acre plot from Cynthia Wrucke for the purpose of creating a new industrial park. The Horicon Community Development Corporation purchased three separate 40 acre plots from Wrucke in December.
The newly purchased property, located at W5326 Highway 33, is the current location of the Knitty Gritty yarn shop as well as Wrucke’s home and sheep farm.
The 40-acre plot was annexed by the city of Horicon from the town of Oak Grove and rezoned to limited industrial and heavy industrial land from prime agricultural land.
City Clerk Kristen Jacobson said, “The city is currently out of vacant land in our industrial park except for a three-acre plot.”
Jacobson added that since there is no more available land, the city cannot attract new industrial businesses to the area.
The property was also added into the Tax Increment District No. 5 which was created last year to help with the John Deere expansion. According to Scott Harrington of Vandewalle and Associates the TID will provide funds so the city can provide utilities to the site.
Harrington also said the main frontage of the property closest to Highway 33 will serve as limited industrial land while the back portion is zoned heavy industrial.
The joint review board must approve the amendment to the TID to include the newly annexed property and is expected to do so Aug. 11. Mayor Steve Neitzel said that the city hopes to close on the purchase of the property the week of Aug. 22.