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Muskego Developer 'Not Interested' In Parkland Site

Michael Dilworth talked to Parkland Mall site owner Art Dyer, but attorney said his client is only intent on moving forward with current deal with city

Muskego developer Michael Dilworth "is simply not interested" in a proposal that developer Art Dyer was trying to formalize with him, according to Dilworth's attorney, Gerald Boisits.

Boisits said his client wanted to 'lay low' after the story broke that Dyer, who owns the former Parkland Mall site on Janesville, had approached a few alderman with the idea of a possible land swap with Dilworth.

Dilworth owns parcels on Little Muskego Lake, and had approached the city with an offer to sell them back in August for the development of a park. The Common Council narrowly voted to approve that purchase on Jan. 24. Dyer had been thinking of proposing that Dilworth purchase the Parkland property, and in turn he would purchase Dilworth's parcel, which would in effect move the public park to the Parkland property.

The proposal would also have come about a month before Dyer, who filed suit against the city in 2009, goes into mediation to settle that suit.

Boisits confirmed that Dyer had emailed Dilworth, and the two spoke on the phone, but "there really was no discussion. Mr. Dilworth was basically just hearing him out."

Dilworth, he said, was committed to the plans on his property that remains on Little Muskego Lake, and was looking forward to completing the agreement with the city.

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