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Women's Community receives final approval from Wausau City Council

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The Women's Community executive director Jane Graham Jennings asks for public support to raise the remaining $1 million of the non-profit's $4 million goal for a new domestic violence shelter.
The Women's Community executive director Jane Graham Jennings asks for public support to raise the remaining $1 million of the non-profit's $4 million goal for a new domestic violence shelter.

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – Wausau's city council has given their final approval for the construction of the new Women's Community facility.

The council approved the Specific Sit Plan last night on a recommendation of the plan commission. Executive director Jane Graham Jennings says that's part of their commitment to being a good neighbor to the community. “We want to make sure our building will not have obtrusive lighting or things that would disrupt neighbors.”

The new facility will be built on the corner of 32nd and Hilltop Avenues on land donated by Aspirus Wausau Hospital. The shelter will allow the agency to accommodate 40 people, up from its previous capacity of 28 people. Jennings says that's very important because they'll be able to support 10 families at a time now.

The site plan calls for consistent landscaping with the rest of the Aspirus Campus area, and a total of 48 parking spaces. That includes an internal secured parking space for the families in residence. “This is designed specifically for their needs to provide privacy and safety that we can't offer at our current location,”says Jennings.

A final date for groundbreaking has not been set but construction will start in August. Jennings says they should complete construction next March.

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