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Voters consider ideas for Stevens Point mall


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STEVENS POINT (WAOW) -- Almost $6 million of taxpayer money is on the line in Stevens Point but there are still no concrete plans for how to spend it.

This issue centers around renovation of the CenterPoint Mall. A referendum is on the ballot, ready to be voted on during the February 15th primary election. Even after Mayor Andrew Halverson announced a plan last month, the debate continues to find the best plan.

According to the mayor's proposal, the first part is already set -- to move Mid-State Technical College into the old JCPenny. What to do with the rest of the mall is open for discussion.

Some voters said they want to know their options before hitting the polls.

"I'm not ready to vote on something until I know what the final plan is going to be," said Julie Schneider, who lives in Stevens Point.

"We cannot proceed with any level of adequate acquisition of the property or any real negotiations with the current property owners unless we know we have a true revenue stream," said Mayor Halverson.

Bill Yudchitz, one of the candidates for mayor in the upcoming election, presented ideas for his plan at a meeting on Thursday night. He works as an architect in Stevens Point.

Mayor Halverson plans to hold his own listening session next week. It starts on Monday the 24th at 5:00 PM in the Lincoln Center and everyone is welcome to attend.

Online Reporter: Anna Carrera

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