Workers transforming Federal Building into apartment complex
WAUSAU (WAOW) -
The Federal Building in downtown Wausau will soon be transformed into an apartment complex. But there is still plenty of work to be done.
A tunnel made of garbage cans funnels trash from the second floor to the outside. Eventually, 21 loft apartments will be available in there -- where a post office and courthouse used to be.
Workers are now getting rid of false walls and removing lead and asbestos. It's just one part of an ongoing project to bring more affordable housing to Wausau. Years in the works, the plan is finally starting to take shape.
"People are really attracted to walkable, liveable communities and I think Wausau is becoming a great model for that type of living atmosphere and that kind of culture," said Wausau assistant community development director Heather Wessling.
The Federal Building isn't the only spot in the city getting a facelift. Tenants are already moving into the Trolley Quarter Flats apartment complex just off Bridge Street. Both projects qualified for state tax credits to help subsidize costs.
Even though a lot of things inside of the renovated Federal Building will be new, city leaders said the builders will be preserving some historical artifacts like the stonework in the front lobby.
Project leaders said they expect to have the building ready for people to move in by next summer.