Pat Cannon, executive director of the Community Development Authority that oversees the project’s fund, said the requests continued without an approval delay. Some of the investigations did not appear necessary, he said.
“They keep asking questions,” Cannon said. “The last one was information that we didn’t see how it related to the loan, but we provided them with the information they requested.”
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Ellington said the process seemed onerous and echoed the feeling that some requests did not seem related to the loan application or the project. Organizers have received assistance from U.S. Representative Mark Pocan, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, and state officials including 81st Assembly Representative Dave Considine and Senator Jon Erpenbach, but have yet to see any results, Ellington said.
Time is running out for the organizers if they hope to do any work this year. The initial project schedule called for work to begin in April, with an addition of 22,000 square feet connecting to the existing 14,000 square feet. The project was supposed to be completed in September 2022, but the finish line shifts every day the project is delayed, meaning the project might not be completed until 2023, especially if approval comes too late to start the project. project until spring.
Ellington said organizers are optimistic the loan will eventually be approved, but it’s a matter of when.