The Superior Town Board voted 6-0 on Monday night to repeal its earlier approval of a downtown life sciences campus, following a referendum petition.

The board had previously passed the controversial ordinance for the development application of Coal Creek Innovation Park on Aug. 22. The board passed the ordinance 3-2; however Trustee Laura Skladzinski left the meeting early without casting a vote.

The petition, submitted by Superior residents Ryan Hitchler and Jason Serbu, asked that the board either repeal the ordinance or let residents vote on the matter.

With the Town Board repealing its application, the developer, PMB LLC, has the option to resubmit the application. PMB LLC may also choose to not move forward with the project. Mayor Pro-tem Mark Lacis said that due to inflation rates, the property may remain vacant for years.

Speaking to the board before the vote, PMP representative Bill Jencks suggested that the town repeal the ordinance so that the company could resubmit the development application. Jencks said that while he was disappointed to learn of the petition, he wants to work with the community.

“We’d like to do more community outreach,” Jencks said at Monday’s meeting.

Mayor Clint Folsom said that he thought it was unnecessary to hold a special election and favored repeal of the ordinance.

“The quicker we can get this back on the new board, the better,” Folsom said.

If Superior had conducted a special election, it would have cost approximately $75,000. Folsom said the repeal would allow for the applicant to quickly start on a redesign of the project.

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Andrea Grajeda
2022-11-15 04:27:11
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