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Federal building transformed into apartments

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After months of planning and construction, Wausau's federal building is finally re-opened.

On Friday, Wausau city leaders held a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house to officially debut the federal buildings loft-style apartments. The building was once home to Wausau's federal building including the FBI office and jail.

Project leaders say they've worked hard to preserve the integrity of the building by keeping certain things intact. For example, one apartment still has the original jail bars inside the living room. Leaders say they hope the apartments will bring more business to downtown.

"You've got people that are going to shop downtown, people that are going to go into shops downtown.There's more activity on the streets and sidewalks and it just provides that energy that all cities are looking for," Randy Schold, project leader said.

City officials also say they want to find other people to rent out the public spaces such as the courtroom for art shows or recitals.

They say about 5 to 6 apartments are still available.

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