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So I heard that it is floated around.
What we need to do in Cudahy with the City owned land is let the citizens of Cudahy farm it (much like the area on 6th and Howard in Milwaukee).
Well that all sounds grand, warm, and thoughtful; however there are a few major issues with that.
1. Do we know the land is safe to use and free of contaminates? Who is paying for the testing? What happens if we don’t test it and people get sick, who picks up the bill?
2. How is this helping to SELL and develop the land?
3. How does this generate revenue for the city?
4. If a prospective buyer, renter or lessee comes by and there are community farm land going will they turn away? Do they have to wait until the crops are finished before they the real reason we have the land move in? Or do we just miss out?
This isn’t turning lemons into lemonade, but losing focus of the real reason the City has the land – To sell it and get taxes from it!
If this is what they are passing off as a fix, Lord help us!
What I think our REAL solution needs to be:
1. We need an inventory of what the City owns. This information needs to be public including given to the Common Council.
2. We then need to update our business website with the land information including 360 degree panoramic pictures.
3. We need to be honest of what the soil conditions are. It is those surprises that kill the deal and it isn’t as if the developer isn’t going to do one and find out.
4. We need to market the LAND we own. It is our problem since we own it. This has to happen as no one else isn’t going to do it for us.
5. If we need to get help by an independent development consultant, then we have to. We need to shoulder those costs or stop buying land.
6. We need a cold calling list that is posted on the website so “WE the people” know action is truly being attempted to find an owner for the land.
7. We need to pick 2 weekends during the summer and publicize it and have an open house where we have tours of the land to potential buyers.