Plymouth has bought back the Cheese Counter and Dairy Heritage Center six years after selling it to the SCEDC for redevelopment
Plymouth's mayor said the site provides a reminder of the city's heritage as the Cheese Capital of the World.
PLYMOUTH - City of Plymouth has bought back the Cheese Counter and Dairy Heritage Center building at 133 E. Mill St. after it was owned by the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation for six years.
The building was transferred to the SCEDC Foundation in 2016 to qualify for incentives — like up to $300,000 of Wisconsin historical tax credits — that contributed to the redevelopment, a news release said.
The agreement with the SCEDC Foundation was set for five years, with the SCEDC as the building owner and the Plymouth Redevelopment Authority in charge of the building’s operation and restoration.
The Cheese Counter and Dairy Heritage Center merged during the partnership for a “singular shopping experience.”
“The Plymouth RDA has been thrilled to be aligned with the SCEDC in the development of the Cheese Counter in our downtown,” Lee Gentine, chairman of the RDA, said in a news release. “This project wouldn’t have been possible without this partnership. We look forward to other possible ventures.”
The city council voted to purchase the Cheese Counter and Dairy Heritage Center from the SCEDC for $1 last September, the news release said. The transaction was completed last month.
"The Partnership between SCEDC and the City of Plymouth/RDA provided a unique opportunity to fund The Plymouth Cheese Counter and provide a historical reminder of our heritage as the Cheese Capital of The World,” Mayor Don Pohlman said in a news release.
The Cheese Counter and Dairy Heritage Center opened in 2018 in the former H.C. Laack building, which previously sold hardware, dry goods and groceries.
Pohlman also said the partnership between the city and the SCEDC has “created a template that has been copied over and over in many communities across the nation.”
Timothy Blakeslee, city administrator for Plymouth, said the city is looking forward to partnering with the SCEDC in the future.