Plans Released for the Wausau Gateway Hotel and Conference Center

By: Bill Martens
By: Bill Martens

The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum was the place to be, not just for art, but to get a glimpse of how downtown Wausau could look in the near future. Plans for a new hotel and conference center were shown off, and the excitement is brewing.

"Between the meeting rooms that we'll have in the hotel and the new restaurant and bar that will be in the complex, I think it's gonna' add opportunities for both business people and visitors to the community in ways we haven't seen in the past," says Mark Craig, general manager of Compass Properties.

And the hotel rooms may actually make you think you never left the house.

"They really make you feel like you're coming home," says Connie Barbian of Inn Development & Management. "They're very comfortable, they're plush, but very welcoming to all guests, and we often find that people who stay in our hotels will stay two, three, four nights - more than just one night."

The project would sit on Second Street between Washington and Jefferson. Currently, there are a few buildings in the way, but they'll probably be torn down as soon as developers finalize plans to buy them.

Also, by November 15, developers have to figure out how the total $14 million in cost will be split between the city and investors. If everything goes smoothly, the restaurant and conference center could open up in November of 2004, and then sometime in early 2005, you can check in, order room service, and let somebody else make your bed.

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