Sheboygan, WI

99-acre Development Project Takes Shape Between Town of Sheboygan and Van Horn Development, LLC

The Town of Sheboygan and Van Horn Development, LLC recently approved an agreement for the development of a 99-acre property, located northeast of the I-43 and Hwy 42 interchange in the Town of Sheboygan.

The mixed-use development is expected to include office, retail, multi-family, townhomes, and single-family pocket neighborhoods – as well as open spaces and recreational facilities. The Town of Sheboygan will invest approximately $4.7M for land acquisition and $7.2M for infrastructure. Van Horn will invest more than $48 million for building improvements. The Town will finance and pay for its portion of the development using the tax increment revenue generated by the development over the next 20 years. The Town’s newly-created TIF (Tax Incremental Financing) district allows for the project to pay for itself without affecting current tax rates. The development and repayment of the Town’s investment is secured by a Van Horn guaranty as well as an irrevocable letter of credit. Town Chairperson Daniel W. Hein emphasized that TIF financing and the security provided by the developer will protect the Town from unnecessary risk and prevent an increase in the Town’s tax rate. Town taxes Hein said will not go up because of this development. Furthermore, the development agreement prohibits this property from being annexed, ensuring that the property and the development remain in the Town.

Hein and Town Officials have been working on the development of this property since at least 2017, and established the Town of Sheboygan Tax Incremental District No. 1 in 2020. “We’re excited to work with Van Horn Development to bring this project to life” said Hein. Chris Merklein, Vice President of Van Horn Development added, “We studied other mixed-use developments across the United States and took the ideas that would best fit the Town of Sheboygan. There is nothing else like it in the area.”

Final site design is underway and is expected to be complete by the end of the year. Construction will begin summer of 2022

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