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City to seek south riverfront redevelopment proposals

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By Shereen Siewert

WAUSAU — With riverfront redevelopment on the city’s east side already underway, Wausau is now turning an eye toward transforming a second stretch of shoreline south of the existing project areas.

Members of the economic development committee next week will review a potential request for proposals that would seek a market study and redevelopment plan for an area along the Wisconsin River and River Drive south of Washington Street. Proposals would examine potential redevelopment of a range of brownfield parcels in an area including Whitewater Park, the Farmer’s Market and existing county-owned buildings. Some parcels included in the proposed study plan are also owned by public utilities.

If city leaders approve, a request for proposals would be released in January and due back in February. The goal of the plan is to “set a foundation for future redevelopment activities and expectations in the general area” while maximizing natural river amenities.

Responding proposals, which are not to exceed $30,000, should include a real estate market analysis of the potential sites and area, a review of the known environmental constraints of the existing parcels, urban design of any recommended public infrastructure improvements and a variety of design renderings, according to city documents.

After selecting a consultant, the city aims to move quickly with a plan completed by December 2019 or January 2020, the draft proposal states. See the full proposal here.

The city’s economic development committee will meet at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 3 in Council Chambers at City Hall, 407 Grant St., Wausau.

The city is considering releasing an RFP for consultants to weigh in on potential redevelopment of the city’s south-central riverfront. Photo: City of Wausau documents

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