WEDC provided $243,000 toward a $2 million expansion of the regional grocery store. The expansion also created space for two additional businesses, generating 45 net new jobs. The retention of the grocery store downtown has allowed other projects to move forward, with a public-private Exploration Center project in planning phases and a Minnesota-based brewery considering relocation to the downtown area.
WEDC contributed $249,455 toward a $3.2 million project to renovate and preserve the historic Al Ringling Theatre in downtown Baraboo. The project, completed in time for the theater’s 100th birthday, restored many of the building’s original fixtures, while also adding modern conveniences like updated restrooms and a bar. The theater regularly draws visitors from Madison and Milwaukee, and is responsible for driving foot traffic in the downtown area to support additional businesses. Other funding partners included the City of Baraboo, Jeffris Family Foundation and private contributions. The theater is in the process of expanding its staff by five to accommodate increased volume of activities and tours as a result of the project
WEDC invested $17,500 toward the $140,000 Park East Marketing Plan, which was unveiled in June 2014. These marketing materials were used as part of two additional RFPs to secure developers for all remaining parcels of the Park East Corridor. Proposed projects on these remaining sites represent $447 million in total development, including 1.5 million square feet of residential, office and retail space, an NBA practice facility and public space. These uses are anticipated to bring 3,700 jobs to the corridor.
WEDC contributed $762,500 in two grants (Site Assessment and Brownfields) toward a $100 million project to create an innovation campus on an 89-acre site in Wauwatosa. An additional $12 million in TIF funding was provided by the city. The grant facilitated cleanup of the site of a former hospital and children’s home on which foundry sand was discovered. EPA funds were also used in the project. Today, the site includes an innovation accelerator, office space and a hotel.