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Citizen group forms to push for Muskego development

Aug. 23, 2011

Muskego - A citizen group has formed to push for development and projects that showcase Muskego's main streets, lakes and family activities.

The group, Muskego Proud, said it intends to be at a Common Council committee meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday to support a residential/retail development proposed for an area of Little Muskego Lake that once housed the Muskego Beach/DandiLion Park amusement park.

Developer Michael Dilworth's proposal for the parcel includes an alternative that offers the city the opportunity to purchase part of the site that would allow for the creation of a park and beach along the lake off Janesville Road at Pioneer Drive.

It is similar to a "Bring Back the Lake" proposal that was pitched last year by city officials and Dilworth, who was interested in working with the city to develop the land.

That plan would have required the city to spend about $10 million to purchase about a 12-acre parcel. But the plan was abandoned in July 2010 after Dilworth, without explanation, decided not to proceed.

The new proposal from Dilworth involves about an 8-acre area, four parcels, all valued at more than $1 million each.

The Council's Committee of the Whole is scheduled to hear a presentation and proposal regarding the possible purchase of two of the parcels for a future park during the meeting at City Hall, W182-S8200 Racine Ave.

"The city of Muskego has a unique opportunity to acquire over 700 feet of prime lake frontage, including over four acres of land, with a spectacular view of Little Muskego Lake to be enjoyed by its residents," Rob Lucas, a spokesman for Muskego Proud, stated in a news release announcing the formation of the group.

The proposed development area was known as Muskego Beach between 1861 and 1967. It started as a resort hotel and store. Later, amusement rides and a dance hall were added, and when a new owner took over in 1967, the name changed to DandiLion Park, which closed in early 1978. Much of the 35-acre site became the Bay Breeze condominiums.

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