Jackson County village receives development grant

MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) — The village of Hixton in Jackson County will receive a $233,000 state grant, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation announced Thursday.

The community development investment grant will go toward the construction of a new commercial building in downtown Hixton. It will support the demolition of a condemned building and construction of a new shop and showroom for Sampson Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.

The proposed project is expected to be completed in 2021 and save 10 full-time jobs in the business district and create two to three new full-time position after it is finished.

“One of the top priorities of WEDC is to promote substantive local development by helping communities enhance their business districts and establish firm foundations for ongoing economic growth,” said Missy Hughes, secretary and CEO of WEDC. “I commend the Village of Hixton and Sampson Heating & Air Conditioning for taking the steps needed toredevelop and maintain Sampson’s61-yearpresence in Hixton’s downtown commercial district.”

The village is working with Sampson to redevelop the property, which was damaged during a major snow event in 2019. The building was condemned and designated as blighted by the Village Council.

Sampson Heating & Air Conditioning has been conducting business in Hixton’s downtown business district for 61 years and seerves areas in Jackson and Trempealeau counties.

Remaining downtown is a priority for Sampson; however, in order to rebuild at its current location, the business needs to adhere to the recommended village aesthetics seen in most facades in downtown Hixton, which include brick façade where practicaland requested by the village. The grant will make the project costs more manageable.