A petition for rezoning has been filed for a parcel of land on Gopher Avenue in the town of Tomah.
Stuart Giusberg, managing director of Tomah Associates, the property owner, filed the petition for the possible development of the land, which would include retail, office, hotel and banquet facilities and a convenience store to support the new hospital.
No development plans have been finalized, Giusberg said.
The city of Tomah Planning Commission will hold a public hearing Jan. 25 at 5:30 p.m. at city hall to consider the rezoning application.
Giusberg, who lives in Chappaqua, New York, said the property has been owned by Tomah Associates since the 1970s and that the land has been used for farming. However, no move has been made to develop the land until recently. He said the town of Tomah had a study done for the development of the property after the groundbreaking for the new $66 million hospital project across the road.
He also said recent changes in traffic patterns make the site more desirable for development. He said there has been an increase in traffic taking Interstate 90 at the Interstate 90-94 split east of Tomah. Previous patterns had westbound traffic at the split taking Interstate 94, “which is why the south (end of Tomah) has had virtually no development.”
“Now with the traffic reports that were referenced to me from the Monroe County Economic Development person, the traffic patterns are now almost 50-50,” Giusberg said. “That piqued the interest of the county, town and property owners to position this parcel for development.”
The rezoning of the parcel is the second step in the development process, Giusberg said. The first step was getting the property annexed to the city of Tomah in December.