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Plans for Daily Tribune building in Wisconsin Rapids revealed

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW) -- There's a plan for the vacant Daily Tribune building in Wisconsin Rapids.

After poring through hundreds of suggestions, it looks like a microbrewery, a recreational rental facility and a community center are at the top of the list.

Tuesday was the big reveal of those plans.

Project leaders have a lot of space to work with and they say they plan to make the most of it.

There's also going to be a climbing wall, an art studio, and a cafe.

Project managers say they wanted to turn the Tribune building into something the community hasn't had before.

"Residents started by just bringing ideas," said Kristi Anderson, a co-project manager with the Incourage Foundation. "Any and all ideas they wanted to bring, they brought to the table."

They say it took a lot to reach this point of being ready to renovate.

"We've had over 5,000 people involved with the project to date which is pretty exciting, but we started with over 1,000 submissions of ideas," Anderson said.

Kent Anderson of Wisconsin Rapids represented the community during the process.

"The people having the realization that, 'My opinion mattered and my voice was heard,' I think that it gets people excited," he said.

Anderson says he wanted the recreational rental business, because it just fits.

"The river [is] right there and there's access along the river with a walking path," he said. "I like being outdoors and that's one of the great things about our community is the outdoor space and the nature."

At the end of the day, project leaders say this comes down to the community.

"It's about the energy and the passion and the positivity that people have really brought forth, just the willingness of residents to share their voice and we hope that that continues on," Kristi Anderson said.

Now that the plans have been made though, it doesn't mean the work is done. The city is still looking for a microbrewery that would be interested in coming to the building.

As for the funding, project leaders say now that they know what the building's going to be, they're receiving interest from many partners and investors.
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