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Wausau leaders debate future of historic building

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Wausau city leaders are trying to figure out what to do with a historic downtown building.

The Wausau Club on McClellan Street was built in 1901. Right now, it's empty.

City leaders say the current owners are willing to donate the building. Wausau would only have to pay less than $20,000 in property taxes for it, and the city would sell the building after that.

But not everyone is convinced it's a good idea.

"If holding onto that building was an inexpensive proposition, the private sector folks who have it currently would still be holding onto it. I think it's going to be a very expensive building for us to hold and maintain for any length of time," said Wausau City Council President Lisa Rasmussen.

"I take a look at that, at least we made one more effort to try and save this building and give it a new life," said Wausau Community Development Director Ann Werth.

On Tuesday, a city committee voted to accept the building. The full city council will vote later this month.

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