Momentum Begins to Sell, Develop Aquaplex Property
By Jacob Mathias
Responsibility for the former Tree Acres Golf Course in Plover- also known as the ‘Aquaplex’ property in Plover- is now under new management.
The Portage County Space and Properties Committee transferred oversight of the property to the county’s Capital Improvement and Economic Development Committee. The move, according to county leaders, is intended to push the property back on the market.
“We’re going to sit down and work with the Village of Plover and [the] Planning and Zoning office as well as the business council and see if we can’t get that property on the tax roll and get it marketed,” said Phil Idsvoog, chairman of the Portage Co. Board.
The former gold course had previously been slated for a multi-million dollar hotel and convention center dubbed the ‘Aquaplex’, and would have encompassed 420 acres on Pleasant Drive. But the developer’s funding fell through and the property has remained stagnant since 2013.
“We need to move this to a committee than can better handle a potential sale, advertising and everything else that goes along with trying to promote this property,” said County Board Supervisor Donald Jankowski.
Jankowski, who chairs the county’s Space Properties Committee, said the tax-deed property is back under county ownership, but it’s a unique property because of location and value.
“It’s got more dollar value; it’s got more things involved in it,” he said. “It’s a bigger parcel than anything Space and Properties has dealt with in the past. So we felt it might be better to go to the Economic Development Committee.”
According to leaders from Plover, the property is zoned in a Planned Development District, which allows for multiple uses. According to Plover Administrator Dan Mahoney, the village is looking for a mix of residential and business developments.
“The district allows all sorts of uses from residential all the way through light manufacturing,” Mahoney said.
Idsvoog said the village controls the nature of developments to the site through its zoning ordinance.
“[But] we all want that the same thing,” Idsvoog said. “We all want the property back on the tax roll.”
Idsvoog said the property has been up for sale but no bids have yet to materialize.