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Aspirus unveils plans for new support facility

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By Shereen Siewert

Wausau’s plan commission on Tuesday will consider a proposal from Aspirus to create a congregate living facility in the former Ear, Nose and Throat Associates building.

If plans are approved, Aspirus would convert the existing structure at 2801 Westhill Drive into a facility that would serve families in need who have a relative at the hospital, and outpatients who live far away and need continuous outpatient treatment.

Aspirus Family House would then become a 10-guest room residential facility featuring a common living room, dining room, kitchen and laundry area. No medical care will be provided at Family House, which aims to create a “home away from home” similar to that of the Ronald McDonald House or VA Fisher House facilities, according to city documents.

Aspirus’ proposal is twofold, to amend the General Development Plan to allow for the facility, and to approve a Precise Implementation Plan for changes to the existing building site.

The plan calls for new paving, green space, and landscape added to the site. Proposed changes to the current building include adding photovoltaic roof panels to the south elevation, replacing existing siding and trim, and making some changes to the windows and doors.

City staff is recommending approval of the request by Aspirus. The plan commission meets at 5 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 407 Grant St., Wausau.

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