Rothschild Moves Forward with Multimillion Dollar Redevelopment Plan

By: Liz Hayes Email
By: Liz Hayes Email

The village of Rothschild is embarking on a 20 year plan that includes re-developing the area.

The village board approved the multimillion dollar Pavilion Marketplace Redevelopment Project Monday night, but some fear the decision will leave them homeless.

John and Dawn Dahl have lived on Knauf Street, just a block from the Shopko Plaza, for a year but their home has been in the family for 40.

After learning the village plans to re-develop their neighborhood, meaning they eventually will be asked to sell their homes to make room for commercial properties or condos, they felt sick.

"Everybody is kinda upset in the neighborhood," said Dawn Dahl. "Everybody's worried about it."

Her husband says they don't want to move.

"We moved here in the neighborhood thinking this would be the last time we had to move," John Dahl said. "Now we're gonna have to do it again."

Village President George Peterson says the village has to do something to spruce up the area and encourage growth and development.

"It's an older neighborhood and the demand for that housing is going away," he said. "If we do not dress that area up, everything will continue to slide."

The estimated $16 million project calls for filling in or tearing down vacant buildings near the Shopko Plaza, beautifying the Pavilion Park, and building new business and infrastructure.

140 homeowners and businesses were given notices that their neighborhood would be turned into a TIF district, but neighbors say they have more questions than answers.

"It would be nice if we could get a definite time frame and definite answer to questions, because you ask a question and you don't get any type of specific answer," John Dahl said.

For now, the couple will wait it out.

"It's just the idea that nobody wants to move, everybody loves it here," Dawn Dahl said.

The village is now seeking state approval for the project. They're also working with the Dept. of Transportation for possible plans to expand Business 51.

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