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Waterloo received $800,000 in Idle Sites Redevelopment funding for redevelopment of a 20-acre vacant RR Donnelly industrial site in downtown Waterloo along the Maunesha River. The site will be home to a $17 million mixed-use development planned to include infill apartment redevelopment, a senior housing campus, manufacturing warehouse expansion and renovation of headquarters facilities for a tech hub and data center.

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WEDC contributed $10,000 toward a $40,000 feasibility study and plan to redevelop 30 acres of vacant former industrial properties located along the river and adjacent to downtown. As a result of the plan, title issues were addressed, environmental studies were completed, the city invested $750,000 to acquire 10 of the 16 acres, and a developer RFP was created which will be issued once cleanup is complete. The city is also pursuing the purchase of strategic properties in the study area.

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The City of Wausau received $1 million in Idle Industrial Sites Redevelopment grant funds to be used in conjunction with private funding as well as city funds and four other grants to implement one portion of the $82 million East Riverfront redevelopment project. The funds from WEDC will be used for sewer/water extension, public space, additional public parking, overhead utility reduction and marketing/promotion. The site represents 21 acres on the Wisconsin River, incorporating six former industrial facilities/parcels. Redevelopment of the first 16-acre site will include $6 million in city investment and $20 million in private investment, resulting in 340 residential units, 38,000 square feet of office space and 77,000 square feet of commercial space.

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WEDC contributed $13,000 toward the $100,000 project to restore two iconic properties in downtown Omro: the Clock Tower and Masonic Temple. The project has created space for a historical museum and visitor center for the community, which is working to expand tourism efforts associated with Fox River traffic.

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