St. Croix Meadows Demolition
Video Captures Demolition of St. Croix Meadows Grandstands
A 3:20 minute video of the demolition of the grandstands at the former St. Croix Meadows Greyhound Racing Park in Hudson, Wisconsin has been released by St. Croix EDC.
Nita Dusek, the EDC’s administrative assistant, created the video. It is comprised of still scenes and live video footage of the demolition. Dusek, who owns Nita Dusek Photography, took several hundred photos as she captured the progress from April through July. Some of the live footage shows the removal of windows on the upper level and steel beams taken down.
St. Croix Meadows closed in 2001 and the uniqueness of the 130-acres made development difficult. The site was acquired in late March by a development group called St. Croix Meadows, LLC. On July 3rd, Governor Scott Walker formally announced a $500,000 Idle Site Redevelopment Grant to the City of Hudson. The grant offsets a portion of the demolition costs incurred by the developer.
An amended master plan for the redevelopment of the site was approved by Hudson’s Common Council. Mass grading and site preparation is largely completed. The developer envisions a mixed-use campus comprised of corporate sites, office, research and development, hospitality, commercial, retail, and privately-financed baseball stadium for the St. Croix Riverhounds franchise awarded from the Northwoods League.