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City Council approves rezoning for Wausau neighborhood

by Colby Robertson

WAUSAU (WAOW) -- Despite opposition from neighbors, the Wausau City Council approves a controversial project in a Wausau neighborhood.

The property were talking about is on this corner lot at Fulton and 7th Street. The previous home went into foreclosure and was bought by Marathon Savings bank.

The city purchased the property with funds from the state. Their plan is to build a six-unit apartment complex for low-income residents.

The units will be income qualified so if you're a single person you have to make less than $14,000 a year. Despite objections from neighbors the council went ahead voting 9-2 applauding the Community Development Department for moving forward with this neighborhood revitalization.

Community Development Director Ann Werth says, "One of our charges is to create affordable housing for lower income qualifying individuals and families. What this does is it meets the goals that have been established in our five year consolidated plan that as a city we will create affordable housing."

The Community Development Director says they worked with an architect to design a complex that fits in with the rest of neighborhood. They will start accepting bids for the project soon.

Online Reporter: Colby Robertson

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