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Wausau approves multi-family, apartment building

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – Wausau gave final approval Tuesday to plans for a 6-unit, multi-family apartment complex on the city's northeast side over the objections of neighbors.

The City Council voted 9-2 to rezone 703 Fulton Street to a unified development district that will allow for the project. Aldermen Jonathan Havel and Ed Gale voted no.

City officials say the development will provide a home for low-income residents eligible for Section 8 housing. It will also revitalize a corner that has been plagued with a blighted property for several years.

“When I see the plan for what they're wanting to put up versus what exists out there today, I see that as forward progress,” in eliminating blight, said alderwoman Lisa Rasmussen.

Neighbors remained opposed to the project, delivering a petition with more than 100 signatures.

Ann Hunger said the project is too big and would be built in a neighborhood with too many rental units. Julie Bollman said the project deserves further study. And Richard LaCerte said the property lacked enough adequate parking.

The city’s Community Development Authority will maintain the project and make a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) to the city. The PILOT will actually generate more money for the city than had a private owner purchased the lot and paid property taxes.

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