Eyeing an area at the intersection of Hwy. 41 and Lombardi Avenue, the Green Bay Packers announced at a 10 a.m. press conference this morning a retail entertainment center that will feature a Cabela’s retail outlet that will sit on the western end of property owned by the the team and near a controversial wetland that brought the Department of Natural Resources down on a previous plan by Bass Pro Shops last year – a controversy that resulted in the retailer backing out of the project.
But it seems the Packers and Cabela’s are ready to jump into the fray, despite the project’s infringement on the controversial wetland.
Because about 12 acres of the area involves a wetland, Gov. Walker and the Legislature approved a measure in 2011 that would allow for development of that particular site, but Bass Pro Shops backed down because they didn’t want to deal with the red tape involved in building there.
The Packers, however, seem ready to proceed with the project that will be unveiled this morning.
How they deal with the wetland is sure to be described at the press conference. State law requires that any wetland that is removed in the building of a project must be replaced at another location – something that is done quite often.
More on the project will be reported here after the Packers announcement this morning.