A fresh evergreen smell perfumes Wausau's west side as land is being cleared of trees and those trees turning into mulch to make way for a new big-box retailer.
"It's a good thing because what's being proposed, at least what we've seen in economic development in a closed session because it is confidential and it's still be worked out, is that it could be a regional draw," said Alderman David Oberbeck who is also on the Plan Commission.
The retailer is going to be in his District 9 at 2800 Stewart Avenue, right on the corner of Stewart and 28th Avenue. Chris Ghidorzi, representing the developer of the Ghidorzi construction company, came to the city's Plan Commission meeting Tuesday and asked that a retail establishment more than 7,000 square feet be approved for the conditional use of that land.
"We are working with two retailers both of which are over the 7,000 square feet and are represented in the site plan that is two buildings and 50,000 square feet," said Ghidorzi.
The proposal so far shows a larger retailer and a smaller satellite retailer attached on the same plot as the existing Kwik Trip. Ghidorzi declined to comment at this time as they are still in the process of securing those retailers. Oberbeck said he's so excited, it's hard for him not to spill the beans as there is not thing like it here.
"It's not in the area and most of those larger big boxes are one of a kind developments so it's something that could be unique to Wausau," he said.
He said it will bring in a lot of tax revenue and jobs for the area.
"Wausau is hopefully growing and we've seen that tonight with even apartments complexes and even the need for different things," said Oberbeck. "Maybe the economy is taking a different turn and hopefully improving the quality of life for all of us in Wausau."
There were some concerns for traffic as any entrances into the retailers would be a right turn in and right turn out because of medians, but an opening in the median on 28th Avenue has already been proposed.
As for the zoning change offered, the commission approved it. That recommendation will be heading to Common Council on September 9.
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