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UW-River Falls interested in building on former tourism center site

The state of Wisconsin closed the tourism information center on Interstate 94 in Hudson in the spring of 2009. The Department of Transportation says it was closed because of low traffic volume. The property's access is from Crest View Drive.

An investment group led by Hudson businessman David Robson has submitted the highest bid of $1,251,043 for the 16-acre tourism center property on Interstate 94 in Hudson.

But the sale of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation property to Hudson Holdings LLC isn't a done deal yet.

Anne Giese, real estate specialist for WisDOT's Northwest District, said Wednesday that Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb would meet with Gov. Scott Walker to discuss whether to accept the bid.

WisDOT had the property appraised at $2,600,000.

Also, the sale won't proceed if the city of Hudson doesn't grant the approvals needed for Robson and his partners to develop the property, according to Giese. It currently is zoned for public use.

Giese said the city had expressed interest in acquiring the property for public purposes, but didn't participate in the bidding for it.

Mayor Alan Burchill confirmed in a phone call on Wednesday that the city had expressed interest in the property as a possible site for a public safety building.

Burchill said he also thought it would be a good location for a park-and-ride lot and a stop for commuter buses going to the Twin Cities.

He said UW-River Falls has expressed interest in building a new Hudson Center on the site, and indicated that he wouldn't oppose that plan.

WisDOT opened three bids for the former tourist information center on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

KAMI Holdings LLC offered $1,200,000 for the buildings and land. BNA Properties LLC submitted a bid of $554,000.

Burt Nordstrand, president of Hudson-based SSG Corp., is a major partner in BNA Properties. The Wisconsin Department of Revenue lists Scott Nordstrand, SSG's legal counsel and director of administration, as the registered agent for BNA Properties.

The address given for the limited liability corporation is the same as SSG's.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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