The first phase of redevelopment along the Wisconsin River, between he Eye Clinic of Wisconsin and Bridge Street is now underway.
The City of Wausau receieved $600,000 from the federal government to revitalize the 15 acres of vacant waterfront property. The plan is to add residential spaces and other amenities, like restaurants and shops, that won't compete with downtown business, but compliment them.
Mayor James Tipple says this phase is all about revitalizing the wildlife on site.
"We're going to be daylighting an underground stream. Starting today, we will be cutting back a culvert all the way to 1st Street and we will have a waterfall flowing into the stream. That will be the attraction for the project."
The vision for the property first came from the Marathon County Development Corporation when they bought the land for $2.4 Million in 2010. Right now, the Mayor says the sooner the project gets done the better. However, there is no specific finish date.
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