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Commission approves plan for vacant Federal Building

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WAUSAU (WAOW)--Committee members charged with repurposing Wausau's Federal Building say they've come to a consensus on a plan to refurbish the historical site.

At Wednesday night's Historic Preservation Commission meeting, members considered four proposals for the building, including a proposal for a children's museum and expanded Jefferson Street Inn facilities. Commission members ultimately decided on a plan that uses the space in two different ways, private urban apartments and gallery space accessible to the public.

Assistant Community Development Director Heather Wessling says developer MetroPlains' multi-million dollar renovation proposal is contingent on access to state tax credits for lower income housing and a $75,000 loan from the city. The deed on the city-owned Federal Building restricts leaders from selling the building. It's currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The building, built in the 1930s, used to house federal offices. It's been vacant since 2004, underutilized since 1999.

Commission members will present the plan to Wausau's City Council at the December 14th meeting. They hope to hash out the details, including the city's financial obligations and how the loan would be funded before that December meeting.

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