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Wausau takes comments on East Riverfront concepts

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Brad Lenz
Brad Lenz

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) -- Wausau officials held an open house Wednesday evening to get public feedback about the East Riverfront District and future development options.

City Planner and Project Manager Brad Lenz says a pretty good crowd stopped at the Grand Theatre’s Great Hall before music started on the 400 block to see what some of the concepts would look like, and add comments.  “Overall, I think people were happy with the direction that its been going so far. They liked a lot of the public space along the riverfront. They liked some of the private development, too, to bring the tax base up, so there are a lot of images that I think people responded very well to.”

It may be summertime, but Lenz says they had positive feedback from residents about multiple season uses of public space along the river.  “Some people really commented on the winter images that were shown. You know, we talk about public space, and a lot of times people think of green space or lawns and grass, and we need to consider the other seasons of the year.”

Lenz says the comments were mostly about the images presented, and there were no new concepts to consider.  “I didn’t hear specifically any new ideas. I believe the comments were that they appreciated the public space on the riverfront. We had a variety of different images, and people really liked the images that were presented in terms of being a fun place to be, something that’s different than anywhere else in the community, something that’s going to attract outsiders to this area, to come to Wausau.”

Lenz says they have some developers that are showing interest in the land, but there are no commitments to build anything yet. City officials are working on public space site work, remediation of soil contamination by the former Savo Supply site, and exposing a stream that is presently running through a culvert.

(Listen to our interview with Brad Lenz on our website, here.)

 

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