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Oshkosh received $375,000 in Idle Sites Redevelopment Program funding for their $1.5 million redevelopment of the former Jen-Weld manufacturing site. The site will include mixed-use development with residential, commercial and office space, including a grocery store, located on a 27-acre riverfront site. Upon completion, the project is expected to represent $60 million in private investment.

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WEDC contributed $5,000 toward a $20,000 feasibility study for renovating and reopening the historic riverfront Steamboat Inn. Following the study, a development partner was identified and the historic properties were demolished to make way for a four-story, mixed-use, 83,000-square-foot project planned to include a restaurant and banquet facility as well as a parking garage, retail and office space, condominiums and a rooftop patio and pool.

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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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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

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