By Correne Martin
It’s not Menards. It’s not Home Depot. It’s not a new waterpark.
The earthmoving activity you’ve noticed in Prairie du Chien’s North Gateway Business Park this summer has not been to make way for any of these entities. Instead, it’s simply economic development involving the preparation of a piece of property, just in case a large company would be interested in locating its business in Prairie du Chien.
“The genesis for this project goes back to 2011, when several council members approached me discussing economic development,” City Administrator Aaron Kramer said. “We don’t have large amounts of readily developed property and companies today want something ready to go. They don’t want to wait for construction, purchasing land and putting in the roads and utilities. In some cases, they even want a building.”