Business owners await Packers’ expansion plans

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Ron Smits figures he has paid his dues and deserves whatever benefits come his way if the Green Bay Packers help launch an entertainment and sports district in his neighborhood.

“I don’t plan on going anywhere,” said Smits, owner of Smitty’s Used Cars, 913 Lombardi Ave. “I lived through the reconstruction of Lombardi Avenue, and I knew in the future it would pay dividends. As the area grows, I expect to reap the benefits.”

The Packers have purchased a little more than 28 acres close to Lambeau Field in recent years for a development aimed at producing revenue and attracting tourists. That will alter the landscape of the area and mean changes, both good and bad, for business owners.

While some business owners say it will be a boon, others are concerned the Packers will bring in competition for them and stretch the tourist dollar too thin.

Still in the planning stage, the Titletown District — as it’s being called by the Packers and municipal leaders — is being promoted as a multi-jurisdictional development district that would include input from the Packers, Brown County, the city of Green Bay and the village of Ashwaubenon. (Source: Green Bay Press Gazette)

Titletown District has a nice ring.  And it’s no secret that additional sources of revenue are needed to continue being competitive in the NFL.

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