Car dealer and the Green Bay Packers Executive Committee member John Bergstrom has received authorization from the State to fill 1,65 ha of wetlands at the intersection of Avenue Lombardi and 41 of the United States for what could be part of a development which includes the state's first Bass Pro Shop.
Bergstrom, who owns a car dealer, based in Neenah has negotiated with the Wisconsin Department of natural resources from early summer 2010 on a deal for 21 acres West of Lambeau field, Bruce Baker, the DNR's acting administrator of the Division of water, said today.
The DNR issued a permit for development in July, but it was challenged the Association of Wisconsin wetlands, advocacy group and reached an agreement on Earth hasn t.
Gov Scott Walker has proposed legislation that would allow the development to go ahead from Bergstrom exemption from a contested case process would go before an administrative law judge.
Walker's proposal must be approved by the State legislature.
Baker said that the DNR's understanding that Bergstrom has an option to purchase land which is owned by the developer at Robert Toonen Green Bay. He added that no one has confirmed that Bass Pro Shop would build on the site, but that was sort of working assumption.
Discussion between Bergstrom and the DNR success as the Packers organization has spent $ 27 million in recent years for the purchase of land west of Lambeau field for what is expected to become a sports and entertainment district.
It would make sense to me that this would be a big part of the puzzle, Baker said.
Calls to Bergstrom, air conditioners and representatives in Ashwaubenon village were not immediately returned Thursday afternoon.