Gibraltar Makes New Pitch for Redmann Property

In October of 2019, Gibraltar electors overwhelmingly rejected a plan to spend $2.15 million on 195 acres owned by Marise Redmann. But the embers of that idea never completely burned out. 

Now the town is returning to voters with a new plan to buy 118.76 acres of the property for $1.5 million. But this time around, the project’s price tag would be paid entirely through grants and donations, with no general-fund tax dollars used, said town administrator Travis Thyssen. 

If voters approve of the purchase during a special meeting of electors on July 26, the land would be added to the 27-acre Fish Creek Park, which has a trailhead located across from the Peninsula State Park entrance.

The town has also accepted a donation of 6.23 acres of the property from Marise Redmann, located between areas the landowner was developing. 

The parcels include land above the bluff near Highway 42 behind the Settlement Courtyard Inn property, as well as the ridge line and land below the bluff surrounding Fish Creek and connecting via a sliver of land to Spring Road on the eastern edge.

Qualified electors in the town can vote on the property purchase during a July 26, 6 pm, meeting at the Gibraltar Fire Station, 3496 Cty F in Fish Creek. Public informational meetings will be held July 20 at 10 am and 4 pm; and July 24 at 4 pm, all in the boardroom of the town center, 4097 Hwy 42 in Fish Creek.

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