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Community group gets more input on future of Wisconsin Rapids Tribune building


WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WSAU) -- Wisconsin Rapids residents got another chance to weigh in on the future of the Tribune Building last night at a meeting with the Incourage Foundation.

Incourage Senior Program Officer Chelsey Mazurek says they're moving to community input on how the building is going to look. "Stage two is really focused on design. So really how people want the building to feel when they walk in. How do they want the spaces to interact when they walk through the building, and how do we retain and honor the historic space that we have?" Community members got a chance to weigh in and vote on possible designs that the building might have in the future.

A vote earlier in the year picked what sort of facilities would be inside the new community center, including a microbrewery space as well as a new, rentable commercial kitchen. "That's really going to provide the opportunity for folks who have a passion for a product and really give them the space that they can then sell their product and utilize their product in a nice commercial grade kitchen." A similar space at the Wausau Entrepreneurial Center has helped launch a number of local cooks into full time cooking jobs.

Mazurek says they're working hard to preserve the look of the structure. "Concordia, the firm we're working with out of New Orleans, our architects, have really pulled some images showing renovations, things you can do with mid-century modern design to make sure you uphold that historic preservation piece and at the same time of course make it an improved, even more beautiful building than it already is." The firm is working to take the suggestions from the public and sculpt new ideas for the foundation in the future planning of the project.