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Wausau committee approves Thomas St. duplexes

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) -

Wausau city leaders continue to make way on the next move for Thomas Street. 

On Tuesday, the Economic Development Committee approved a plan that would allow Blenker Construction to have empty lots for one dollar along with a $299,00 construction loan, to build duplexes along the busy road. 

The street has undergone years of construction.

Now, plan is to add nine duplexes. Six will be market rate, and three of the rentals are going to be affordable housing. 

The proposal for the duplexes was seen by the Economic Development Committee at the end of March and again this past Tuesday, now it will go to the City Council. 

"It's just something else that's really exciting for the Wausau area," Mayor Robert Mielke said. 

Business owners on the street have heard neighbors concerns but trust the city will do what's best for all. 

"It's progress," Randy Hills, owner of Hills Auto said. "I guess I'm okay with whatever they do as long as it's for the good of the people I mean that's the important thing." 

The mayor said this has been 16 years in the making and he is happy things are finally moving forward. 

Chris Schock, director of the Economic Development Committee, said the construction costs could be a little more than $2 million. 

Residents living on Thomas Street who did not want to go on camera said they are frustrated because they feel like the construction is interminable. 

Mayor Mielke assured people in the area it will be worth it in the end. 

"A couple years from now I think people are really going to be impressed, including the critics, they've got to give it a chance," Mielke said. 

Wausau's City Council will see the proposal at the end of the month. 

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