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UPDATE: Dilworth, Gardetto Back Out of Lake Park Deal

Developer says thanks, but he is no longer interested in pursuing a purchase agreement with the city for park land on Little Muskego Lake; adjacent property owner Nan Gardetto agrees, citing delay requested by the city for ending the agreement.

According to the City of Muskego's Facebook page, Michael Dilworth, developer and property owner of land along Janesville Road on Little Muskego Lake, is "no longer interested" in selling the land to the city.

The deal has been at the center of heated public debate since it was introduced last August. 

The city has shared a letter from Attorney Gerald Boisits representing Michael Dilworth and Ener-Con Companies, Inc., states 'My clients have indicated that they are no longer interested in promoting and/or offering any land for what is known as the Little Muskego Lake Development, effective immediately. As such, we would like the "Park" taken out of the master plan.'"

In addition, a similar letter from Foley and Lardner, the law firm representing the Nanette Gardetto trust stated that as "the City now has decided to postpone indefinitely any action with respect to the Little Muskego Lake development project" they were withdrawing their interest in selling the property to the city.

Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti responded, "On behalf of the City of Muskego, I wish to thank both property owners for offering their property to the community in support of the City's Comprehensive Plan and Parks and Open Space Plan. The City further appreciates the professional and genuine manner in which both property owners worked with the City and Council throughout the process."

We are in the process of gathering more reaction to this development, and will update the story as more information becomes available.

Denise Konkol April 05, 2012 at 09:09 PM
To clarify, these sites are required by the DNR. My folks live near one, but it's not a park by any means. It also doesn't have parking to speak of. Access points and parks are apples and oranges in this discussion.
obtw April 05, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Why does there always have to be a "but"? It's a nice beach, "but" It's very nice, "but" Why does there always have to be a rebuttal to everything? I simply made a positive comment about Muskego County Park and it generated two negative comments. And Ms Ingold managed to get in four negatives in two sentences. Stop and smell the roses.
The Anti-Alinsky April 06, 2012 at 01:59 AM
What was negative about that comment? I was simply pointing out the differences between the county park and Little Muskego Lake. Nice suggestion by the way. Muskego County Park is a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours.
Marguerite Ingold April 06, 2012 at 06:41 PM
There were no buts in my comment. As was mentioned above, required DNR access points are not parks and that is what there are "15" of around the lake. I like Muskego park, the swimming there is great and there are large camping groups from Milwaukee that actually spend the whole summer out there. For them its just like having a second home up north even though their lake is just a large lagoon. We are really lucky here in Muskego, I even think I have a lake near me.
Mary C. Steinbauer February 14, 2013 at 04:48 PM
It is interesting to re-read these comments one year later. Many people moved out to Muskego about fifteen or ten years ago because they liked the lower taxes and small schools and the "backwards" people. They are good people nontheless. The city was 50% farmland when I moved here in 1984 and the people that ran things did a pretty fair job. This city was offered the land where condos are now, on the lake and as far as I know the city rejected the cost that was $750,000 so Ingersol bought the property. I hope that in my lifetime the "tree farm" will be developed.

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