Sturtevant trustees Wednesday will vote on whether or not to designate land on Highway 11 as blighted; a move some officials say is necessary in order to keep the parcels viable for targeted development and redevelopment.

The land was part of the defunct Cobble Court development that fell through in large part because of the 2008 recession. Racine County foreclosed on the properties last fall, and Sturtevant put in an offer to purchase last month that has expired and has not been reviewed by the county board.

If Sturtevant trustees approve the designation the village does not automatically own the land. Instead, it allows village officials to take possession of the parcels if the owner sells them.

Whether or not Sturtevant’s vision for a redeveloped and transformed Highway 11 corridor comes to fruition hinges in part on the village purchasing three parcels in the 8400 block of Durand Avenue.

The CDA last met on May 4 to consider the blighted designation question but had to wait out the statutorily required two-week public notice period during which the village accepts comments from area residents about the move. County Corporate Counsel John Lehman attended that meeting asked the village to hold off on any action in order for the parties to sit down – including an unnamed “large corporation” – and hammer out some kind of agreement tied perhaps to Sturtevant’s yard waste recycling center,

After the meeting, though, Lehman told Racine County Eye that because the county has not had the land appraised and the county board has not approved putting the land up for sale, county officials couldn’t respond to the village’s offer.

The Community Development Authority meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, immediately followed by a special Village Board meeting. Both meetings will take place at Sturtevant Village Hall, 2801 89th Street. Call (262) 886-7200.

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