MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) -
Plans to tear down an old school for a new business are moving forward.
Wausau city leaders voted to put up some of the money to demolish the former Stettin Elementary School. Under the plan, Olson Tire and Auto Services would also pay some of the money to tear down the vacant building on Stewart Avenue.
The property is considered a blighted building and there will be an added cost to bring it down for asbestos removal. Olson Tire has been interested in the location to expand its car repair business.
"Hopefully we'll have the opportunity to meet all the other contingencies and complete those within the next 45 days and be able to get started on the project." said Olson Tire & Auto Service owner Kent Olson.
"To better serve his clients on the west side of town, he has been looking for some property for quite some time and to put up a second business in town so it would be a great expansion for the City of Wausau." said Ann Werth, Wausau director of community development.
City leaders say no price was discussed at the Economic Development meeting Tuesday.
The former Stettin school has been vacant for about the last decade.