The 1,900 people in the Village of Roberts and the 530 in the Town of Warren will come face to face with the details of the Mallard Project proposal.
Here are a few things to know about the proposed 1.2 million-square-foot fulfillment center and upcoming public hearings.
1. Who’s building it?
The logistics have not been divulged by the developers, Ryan Companies.
Village Board President Willard Moeri said he believes more information about the project will be discussed at the Project Mallard informational meeting 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, at the Roberts Park Building, 312 N. Park St.
2. Where would it be located?
Community members have been vocal about their dismay for the current plan, some specifically in regards to its location, south of the senior housing site and east of Highway 65. Jody Dalske of Warren is concerned with additional traffic and severity of accidents.
A piece of Warren is to be annexed to Roberts, a tax-increment district created and modifications to the Joint Land Use Map approved to rezone the area to light industrial to move forward with the process.
3. When will they hold hearings and break ground?
If the plan is adopted by Roberts, a date to break ground has yet to be determined, said Dan Mueller, vice president of Real Estate Development at Ryan Companies. In the meantime, various meetings will take place.
Hearings in both Roberts and Warren are scheduled:
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17, and 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, at the Roberts Village Hall;
7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 16, at Warren Town Hall.
4. What are people saying?
According to the Village, the new fulfillment center would bring in about 800 jobs. For many townsfolk, that’s not reason enough. Thus far, the flooding of Twin Lakes has caused four homes to be lost and the prospective Mallard Project is said to put more in jeopardy. Brenda Lightner is one of those people fearful for further flooding, as her home borders Twin Lakes. “Everything I’ve worked for is in my house,” she said.
Rod Cook and Dan Funk, both members of the community, are looking for an answer to the question, “will an environmental impact study be done?” So far, the answer is unclear.
Community members have also voiced their expectations of the local elected officials. “I want them to listen to the public regardless of their opinion,” said Ron Stave of Roberts. “Our boards are supposed to represent our community.” Stave circulated a petition on the Roberts, Wisconsin Good Neighbor Facebook group to gauge community response to the proposed project. As of Aug. 11, the poll received almost 177 responses.
158 people voted “no all together” to the Mallard Project
10 voted “yes at current location between Phantom Fireworks/Condos & AirTech/Dollar General”
9 voted “yes but only at a different location out closer to freeway”
He also created paper and electronic petitions. As of Aug. 11, the two combined received 324 signatures, in opposition to Mallard.
This is a developing story.