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Matt rogatz recently purchased the former Ripon House of Prayer on State Street and plans on turning it into a daycare center.            
Matt Rogatz hasplans to turn the 14-acre plot between Boarders Inn & Suites and Yellow House Realty on the west side of Ripon into an indoor sports venue and BMX trail. 
Matt Rogatz, withthe help of his wife, Karen, and daughter, Bryn, cuts the ribbon during Goose Blind Grill & Bar’s grand re-opening last weekend. See page 10 for more information on Rogatz and the Green Lake restaurant.                          
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Matt rogatz recently purchased the former Ripon House of Prayer on State Street and plans on turning it into a daycare center.            
Matt Rogatz has been quietly changing the face of commercial properties in Green Lake for the past couple of years. Now, he has his sights set on a couple of locations in Ripon he wants to develop.
A commercial real estate entrepreneur, Rogatz is the owner of several properties in Green Lake, including the Green Lake Inn, Elan Brio Spa, The Manor House, Goose Blind and the Safety Building (now Town Square), where he is attempting to develop year-round business for Green Lake. He also is planning a catering company for the near future.
Matt Rogatz, withthe help of his wife, Karen, and daughter, Bryn, cuts the ribbon during Goose Blind Grill & Bar’s grand re-opening last weekend. See page 10 for more information on Rogatz and the Green Lake restaurant.                          
“The community is No. 1,” he recently said in a phone interview with the Commonwealth. “What I do is go into a community and talk with members of the community, the council, the mayor, the planning commission, and ask them what they need; what their wants for the community are. Once I find out what those needs are, that’s what I do. It’s not about what I want, but what they want that drives what I do.”
Expansions are ongoing in Green Lake, but Rogatz has feelers in the Ripon area as well. 
He purchased the old Ripon House of Prayer, a 6,600 square foot church at 320 State St. and is looking to perhaps turn it into a daycare center since that service is in such demand today. The surrounding parking area would be perfect, he said, for the required playground for the center.
“I know everyone says more daycare centers are needed, and that is what I want to do, fulfill those needs,” Rogatz said. “What gets me excited is hearing locals say how much they appreciate what I am doing for the community. It makes me feel really good.”
Another recent purchase is a 14-acre plot on Fond du Lac Street, adjacent to the Boarders Inn & Suites by Cobblestone. His long-term plans include building an indoor sports venue that will enable year-round competitions, with the hopes of drawing people from as far away as Minnesota and other surrounding states. 
Matt Rogatz hasplans to turn the 14-acre plot between Boarders Inn & Suites and Yellow House Realty on the west side of Ripon into an indoor sports venue and BMX trail. 
“It won’t be something that happens right away, but it will be coming,” Rogatz said. “I need just a little time to breathe right now after recent acquisitions.”
The back portion of that property would be turned into a BMX-type of bike trail, he said, so there is something for kids to use.
That property has been the object of development projects in the past, including a multi-use project by Ripon native Justin Krueger. 
In 2020, Krueger negotiated with the city of Ripon for a development deal that would bring a possible retirement community, a fast food restaurant, and a location for a non-profit organization. The project did not work out, with Krueger citing rising materials costs as the reason.
“The land and the location are great and there is opportunity, but the timing is not right for me to develop this site,” Krueger said in September 2021.
Krueger owns other businesses in the Ripon and Green Lake area, including The 300 Club and SC Machining and Manufacturing. He plans to work on other projects in his hometown of Ripon.
“Ripon will always be home for me. I am dedicated to impacting communities and changing lives. What better place to do that than my hometown?” Krueger said in September 2021.
Rogatz and his family have a home on Green Lake, where they live full-time during the summer. He commutes weekly to keep tabs on his properties during the other seasons of the year from his home in Glencoe, Ill. 
His wife, Karen, helps with the business and they have a 9-year-old daughter, Bryn, who tags along as well. Most recently, they attended the ribbon cutting for the grand re-opening of the Goose Blind Grill & Bar, a 45-year traditional dining spot in Green Lake. 
That grand re-opening took place last week Saturday, kicking off the new hours, new menu and remodeled upstairs party room, for which Rogatz has lots of plans. See the story on page 10 for more information.
“The city certainly sees the great work Matt is doing in Green Lake, and we are excited to see what his plans are for this site in Ripon,” said City Administrator Adam Sonntag upon learning of the purchase of the property by Rogatz.
Rogatz also serves as an advisor to the Green Lake Economic Development Committee and is on the committee for the beautification of the town’s Hattie Sherwood Beach. 
“I feel it is a gift to be able to give back to others,” Rogatz said.
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