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Plans for Wausau family entertainment center


WAUSAU (WAOW) -- Developers hope to turn the former FedEx building into a family entertainment center.

Bill Greenwood first saw potential in the abandoned building nearly three years ago.

Greenwood asked the city of Wausau what was to become of the former FedEx building. When the city said they planned on tearing it down, Greenwood replied, "Why don't you give it to me and I'll make a business out of it?"

Greenwood conducted extensive research and traveled the country attending various business seminars. Along the way, Greenwood realized the property was "a perfect spot for a family entertainment center."

The center will be called 'Wausau on Water' or 'W.O.W.' for short.

W.O.W. is to feature a full laser tag court, arcade games, restaurant and a sports bar.

The center would be a place anyone of any age could go for birthday parties, weekend youth gatherings or to have a drink after work.

Wausau's Community Development Director, Ann Werth, says there's no place in town to have a drink or eat near the river front.

In addition to being a place to eat, play and drink, supporters say Wausau on Water will become a travel destination.

"A lot of people leave Wausau to do things this family entertainment center will have," explains Greenwood, "So they take their money out of town and this will bring more money into town."

Before construction begins, W.O.W. must get approval from the city council's Finance Committee next.

Greenwood is seeking over 500-thousand dollars in loans.

He says he's confident his Wausau on Water project is the right idea at the right time. Greenwood says he has "no concerns. This will be a very successful project."

Another developer got approval to remodel the Sav-O-Supply building into 29 apartments. The Developer says Badger Bag Lofts, as it is to be called, will be affordable housing.

Rent will be determined by income.

Both projects are designed to revive downtown Wausau's riverside.

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