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Historic safes, space to paint planned for Wausau Federal Building apartments

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Wausau's Federal Building looks like a blast from the past -- surrounded by newer, state-of-the-art construction. But soon the inside will look brand new.

Newsline 9 showed you a behind-the-scenes look at the project in April as workers tore down walls and got rid of asbestos. Now, they're starting to develop each individual unit with unique old-time touches that add quite a bit of character. That includes a couple with a real, working safe.

"They've created safety measures so nobody gets locked into the safe but you can use it for storage and they've built another door inside the door of the safe," said Wausau's assistant community development director Heather Wessling.

Project leaders said builders are taking extra steps to protect the history that lives within these walls. And they're hoping to attract artistic tenants who can take the complex to a whole new level.

"Where the jury deliberation once was, in that room, they want to be able to have painters be able to paint in that room because of the northern exposure for the light," said Wessling. "It would really be a great space for people who want to work on their projects."

Money from the state has helped this housing project -- as well as others, like Trolley Quarter Flats, just north of downtown.

"This building is getting nearer to completion," said Wessling. "Trolley Quarter Flats is close to full occupancy so it's really just looking at what other areas in the city could use new housing."

Even after the complex is done, city leaders said they plan to keep moving forward with other projects in the area.

"We're always working on different initiatives and different projects and we want to improve the housing stock in the city of Wausau," said Wessling.

The Federal Building apartments are scheduled to be finished by December. If you're interested in the building and want to find out more, you can call (715)843-7799.

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