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City asked to annex land for Walmart Superstore

The owners of two properties totaling 45 acres in size have petitioned for annexation into the city of Hudson. A Walmart Superstore is planned for the southern portion of the land, located on the east side of Carmichael Road and north of the I-94 frontage road. (City of Hudson document)

The Hudson City Council on Jan. 28 was presented with a petition to annex land into the city for the site of a Walmart Superstore.

Double Play Investments LLC owns the 29-acre parcel on the east side of Carmichael Road and north of the I-94 frontage road where the Walmart would be built.

Rock Island Land Co. of Edina, Minn., is petitioning for annexation of a nearly 16-acre parcel north of the Double Play parcel. The plan for that property wasn’t revealed.

The City Council referred the petition to city staff and the Plan Commission without discussion.

Council President Rich Vanselow said only that there was nothing to comment on until the city staff and Plan Commission complete their review.

“This is a fairly complicated annexation,” Community Development Director Dennis Darnold said in presenting the petition.

Together, the two parcels form a U-shaped area with six residential properties in the middle of the U. The road to those properties, Green Briar, is where the planned 154,722-square-foot Walmart building stands on one of the plan maps submitted to the city.

Darnold said street right-of-ways would have to be vacated by the city for the annexation to go forward.

The property, currently in the town of Hudson, is designated for future general commercial and office use on the city’s 2009 Comprehensive Plan. There are no residents on the land proposed for annexation.

Darnold indicated that the residential property in the center of the two parcels would remain in the town of Hudson. He also said there were neighbors of the Double Play and Rock Island parcels at the meeting.

“It is going to take some time to review this,” Darnold said.

In an issue sheet he submitted to City Council members, Darnold identified potential impacts to traffic on the I-94 interchange and Carmichael Road, storm water management, wastewater treatment plant capacity and the abandonment of streets as issues to be examined.

He said the Plan Commission would begin its review of the petition at its Thursday, Feb. 13, meeting. The meeting is set for 7 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall.

Four apparent representatives of the companies seeking the annexation attended Monday night’s council meeting, but didn’t volunteer their names.

It’s early in the process, one man said. He noted that previous attempts to develop the property have failed.

A Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions online record lists Gary D. Vander Vorst as the registered agent for Double Play Investments LLC. Vander Vorst’s office address is listed as 1231 Industrial St., Hudson, the location of Erickson Oil Products Inc.

According to an online search, Vander Vorst is the chief financial officer of Erickson Oil Products.

James Anderson of Double Play Investments signed the annexation petition. His business address also is listed as 1231 Industrial St.

Ronald E. Clark signed the petition for Rock Island Land Co. The petition indicates that he is the chief executive officer of the company.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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