by Charles Collier, The Denmark News
DENMARK — The recent announcement of Titletown Cheese overtaking ownership of the former Lake To Lake plant on S. Wall Rd. was undeniably a strong beginning to 2018 for the Village of Denmark’s economic aspirations, but figures released by the Village earlier this year show nearly $7 million in estimated value were approved for requisite permits.
The addition of retailer Family Dollar on De Pere Rd. largely drove that increase, accounting for $2 million of the Village’s fresh values. Permitted projects for the school district, including renovations to the Early Childhood Center, a new parking lot for the soccer field, and the start of referendum-approved construction at the high school contributed an estimated $634,000.
The school’s new $15 million facilities are still on track for completion next year, according to District Administrator Tony Klaubauf.
The housing market in Denmark also showed signs of continued growth, consistent with a recent report from the Wisconsin Realtor’s Association saying home sales across the state were down in number but up in value. In 2017, an additional 17 homes were constructed, most of them in the Daybreak Estates subdivision, totaling an estimated $3.5 million in value.
The remaining $800,000 or so of additions was the result of various electrical, plumbing, or other alterations, for residence and commercial properties as well as a planned $120,000 cellular service tower.
Under the Village’s updated fee schedule adopted earlier this year when Ralph Witte was hired as Building and Zoning Administrator, the $6,993,500 of additional value was approved through permits totaling $39,311.80 in fees.