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Wausau Club building sparks some interest


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) -- There is some interest, but so far no deals for redeveloping the historic Wausau Club.

The City of Wausau just accepted the property as a donation from the Schuette family a week ago. Mayor Jim Tipple says they did have a couple of inquiries about the property between the Schuette’s offer and the city’s acceptance of the property. The Mayor says more interest has been shown lately. “Since then, and talking to (Community Development Director) Ann Werth, there’s been several more inquiries about the Wausau Club, and so we’re very excited that there is some interest.”

Tipple met with a developer, who agrees the city’s involvement will be good for getting the property back into some kind of activity. “We had some advice from a developer that had done several projects, that said that it is probably going to be easier to market as it is city-owned rather than a private party, so we’re hoping that this is good information and we can move this project along.”

Several city council members were concerned the Wausau Club property could become a money pit leaving the taxpayers on the hook, but they accepted the gift with plans to seek a new developer and not put a lot of money into it.