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 contributed $1 million toward the $35 million redevelopment of the former Beloit Corp. facility into the Ironworks office/tech park. The project began in 2002, and includes the conversion of multiple plant buildings into high-tech office space as well as site improvements such as creation of a spine road, pedestrian bridge across the river and public art projects.
WEDC contributed $212,000 in site assessment and brownfields funding toward a $7.6 million project to renovate a failed downtown mall into an office and educational campus. The site was formerly home to a dry cleaning facility, which was destroyed by a fire. The site is now home to Mid-State Technical College and office space for 150 workers, and has also helped catalyze additional downtown projects including renovation of a historic theater, construction of a new hotel and improvements at other downtown properties. Additional project funding included CDBG and TIF funds.
WEDC provided $7,500 toward the $30,000 planning and feasibility study to plan for redevelopment of the long-vacant and contaminated 30-acre former Tecumseh site. The site includes more than 440,000 square feet of structures, was vacated following corporate bankruptcy, and was subject to multiple EPA cleanup activities. The study identified several sub-area plans for the site, and 40 acres were identified as a future $8 million Market Platz development, which will include mixed-use development and a craft brewing center.