City of Chilton: Land for $1? Possible in Chilton

Business owners and developers that are looking to construct a new building but cannot find an affordable lot should contact the City of Chilton.

The City of Chilton is seeking proposals from business owners and developers to construct a building on a .45 acre city-owned lot located in the city’s Uptown central business district, located on West Main Street (U.S. Hwy 151). The city will select a proposal based on business that would occupy the building, the building’s size and its construction materials, not on lot price. Thus a business owner or developer could acquire the lot for as little as $1.

“The City of Chilton’s goal is to get businesses into the city and to revitalize the Uptown central business district,” Shawn Reilly, development director, says. “If almost giving the land away attracts a development that is complimentary to our Uptown, the better off the city is.”

Chilton has seen a number of changes to its Uptown district the last few years. In 2005, the city demolished three buildings and sold the land to a developer who constructed a 39-unit senior housing apartment project. The city removed another set of buildings to construct a parking lot to service the Uptown businesses. Two new businesses opened in the district with a third opening in May.

The backside of the .45 acre lot has views of the Manitowoc River.

For more information on the city’s request for proposal, contact Reilly at (920) 849-2451 or by e-mail at [email protected] or visit the city’s website at