The Way I See It!

I am an Ultra-Conservative, Alpha-Male, True Authentic Leader, Type "C" Personality, who is very active in my community; whether it is donating time, clothes or money for Project Concern or going to Common Council meetings and voicing my opinions. As a blogger, I intend to provide a different viewpoint "The way I see it!" on various world, national and local issues with a few helpful tips & tidbits sprinkled in.

Cudahy Wal-Mart Time Line Updated

Year 2002

Mayor Ray Glowacki and the Common Council to which Ryan McCue is part of initial votes to negotiate the development agreement in April 2002.  Ryan McCue left before the FINAL vote as he was gone in June of 2002.  The actual development agreement with Sportsites LLC to build the IcePort was approved by the Council in Sept of 2002.



Cudahy Mayor Ray Glowacki doesn't expect the council to question the value of the developments.


The city sold the land for a $1 because they didn’t know what the condition of the land was in looking to contamination.  The city did not want to be responsible with cleanup, so it was a bargain.


Year 2003

IcePort construction of which began in May 2003 and stopped nine months later when financing fell through (February 2004).


Year 2004 (April)

Mayor John Hohenfeldt takes office


Year 2005

Oct. 13, 2005


Glowacki, a former mayor of Cudahy, was one of the original signers of the 2002 development agreement with Sportsites LLC and remains a staunch supporter of the project.


Year 2006


On April 21, 2006, Cudahy officials declared the project in default after developers failed to meet a city-imposed deadline to find a new lender to complete a $29 million loan to allow construction to resume.

Mayor Hohenfeldt attended two court proceedings, and appeals, with the City Attorney Robert Jursik, to raise that eyesore, and end that chapter in the cities history. 

Wal-Mart ponders Cudahy Supercenter


Sept. 28, 2006


The Cudahy Supercenter would be on a strip of land west of S. Pennsylvania Ave. and south of E. Layton Ave. It would anchor a shopping center that developer Cobalt Partners LLC wants to build, Cudahy Mayor John Hohenfeldt said Thursday.


Year 2007

McCue to End Ice PortSource Dear Public Forum, While out campaigning for Mayor of Cudahy the past couple of months, many residents have asked my opinion of the Ice Port.  I think that the City of Cudahy must put the Ice Port to rest and get the land back from the developer.  I have struggled to find an ice skating complex in the area that is profitable.  I believe that this site is a prime piece of real estate and that we can get something better than an ice rink.  As a long time supporter of the Kenosha, Racine and Milwaukee Commuter Rail line, I believe that when it comes to fruition developers will be lining up to develop that land.  Once elected as your next mayor, I will bring a long term vision for that piece of real estate.  I think that there are many lessons to be learned from the Ice Port debacle.  Once elected as your next mayor, I will not allow a public/private development to begin construction without valid proof that the city has performed its due diligence.  Had the city done this properly the Ice Port would not have begun construction, because they did not have proper financing.  We need to concentrate on keeping businesses in Cudahy and making it easy and attractive for new businesses to locate here.  Once elected as your next mayor, I will work hard to attract new business that will benefit and enhance our community.  At the same time, I will not give unnecessary incentives to developers.  Holding a referendum on this issue is a bad idea, because it is too late to get the question on April’s ballot and the next scheduled election is in February of 2008.  Furthermore, I already know what the people of Cudahy want and that is an end to the Ice Port.  If you have any questions comments or would like to learn more about my vision for Cudahy, please feel free to contact me at 489-1318 or visit my website at .  I hope to earn your vote on Tuesday, April 3, 2007 Sincerely, Ryan McCue

Candidate for Mayor of Cudahy


March 28, 2007

City wants to put fence around IcePort site


Mayor Ryan McCue takes office


Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Continental Properties to buy IcePort site



Under an agreement signed Tuesday by the city of Cudahy and Sportsites L.L.C., Sportsites agreed to sell the entire 26-acre parcel of land to Continental Properties, which is a developer of commercial, retail and hotel properties.  A purchase price was not disclosed.

The agreement officially kills the proposed $35 million IcePort development, construction of which began in May 2003 and stopped nine months later when financing fell through.  "This is a victory for the city of Cudahy," said Mayor Ryan McCue.  "We put an end to the IcePort and severed our relationship with Sportsites.  If Sportsites doesn't live up to any portion of the stipulation, the city of Cudahy will receive ownership of all 26-acres free and clear."  The stipulation also orders that Sportsites dismiss all of their counter-claims against the city of Cudahy, which totaled nearly $5.3 million. 

Cudahy reaches deal on defunct project


Aug. 14, 2007




It's a win for the city," said Mayor Ryan McCue.  "Either we get a good retail development with Continental Properties, or we get the land back."

As originally proposed, IcePort was to have been an anchor for LakePort Village, a larger commercial and retail development.


Aug. 23, 2007

Agreement renders IcePort a puddle

Sportsites agrees to sell to developer


Attorneys for both parties signed a stipulation and order, which dismissed the $5.3 million in counterclaims by Sportsites against the city.


"This is a victory for the city of Cudahy," Mayor Ryan McCue said in a news release.  "I am pleased to put the IcePort behind us, and I look forward to working with Continental Properties, which is a first-class developer."


September 2007

Continental Properties looks at these before Wal-Mart

  1. Target
  2. Costco
  3. Kohl’s
  4. Home Depot
  5. Menards 
  6. Relocation of Pick N save from St. Francis
  7. Wal-Mart

That was the order!  The other stores felt that the location would either be too close to others of theirs, there would not be enough customers to support it, or didn’t fit their business model.


Oct. 24, 2007

Whispers of Wal-Mart at IcePort site swirl


Nov. 1, 2007

Wal-Mart lays out plan for supercenter


Nov. 19, 2007

Residents square off on Wal-Mart plan

Is the superstore retailer the right fit for city of Cudahy?


Dec. 19, 2007

Shopping and soccer proposed for IcePort site


Dec. 26, 2007

Wave facility, Wal-Mart would anchor development


Year 2008


Jan. 16, 2008

Timetable extended for sale of former IcePort property


However, Mayor McCue has signed off on the cities foreclosure rights and are still negotiating a settlement with the attorneys of Sportsites, and with Continental.  Remember, HE took the CDA and Council, the item on the agenda asking for the extension.  The Mayor sets the agenda for the common council, now we wait for another 6 months for July 1 deadline.


Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Cudahy panel recommends new plans for Powerade site


Feb. 20, 2008

CDA moves Wal-Mart proposal on to planners


Originally, attorneys for both parties signed a stipulation and order, which dismissed the $5.3 million in counterclaims by Sportsites against the city.  But that has changed.

Review circuit court action as Sportsites still has about a $6 million or 6.5 million dollar lawsuit out there, and I truly wonder who is paying for that one?


Link Here 


April 16, 2008


Wal-Mart, soccer training center on hold until MayCommissioners want more opportunities for input  May 5, 2008

New facility blocked by Cudahy commission


May 8, 2008

Downtown Wal-Mart proposal defeated

Mayor casts vote that pans Cudahy Station plans


May 22, 2008

Wal-Mart plans revised for Cudahy


An $11.5 million development plan, anchored by a controversial Wal-Mart Supercenter, will return to the Cudahy Plan Commission at its June 10 meeting, the project's developer said today.


May 28, 2008

Iceport developers file claim of fraud


June 8, 2008

Wal-Mart Wars: Cudahy mayor's miscue


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June 9: The Wal-Mart haters argument: You can't support a family on a Wal-Mart job.

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June 9: The Wal-Mart recalls: One because Wal-Mart is being built and one because it isn't being built. 

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