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City documents: Most commenters oppose additional Thomas Street reconstruction

Potential soil contamination among top concerns By Shereen Siewert WAUSAU — Well over half of residents surveyed regarding the second phase of Thomas Street reconstruction plans oppose any additional roadway expansion, according to city documents. In a memo to Wausau Public Works Director Eric Lindman, AECOM Project Manager Ryan Barz said 28 written comments were […]

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Wausau rejects Thomas Street development proposal

By Shereen Siewert Members of Wausau’s economic development committee on Tuesday unanimously rejected a proposal for high end apartments and a multi-tenant commercial building that brought sharp opposition from some neighborhood residents. Aedfix Holdings, owned by Amherst-based Blenker Construction, sought approval to buy remnant parcels from the Thomas Street Phase II project for $1 to […]

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Wausau seeks redevelopment for Thomas Street parcels

By Shereen Siewert City officials will seek proposals to redevelop a portion of Thomas Street, an area where homes were demolished to make way for road reconstruction that completed in 2019. The request for proposals will be released by the city this week, with proposals due in late February. Eight parcels are being offered for […]

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Thomas Street, First Avenue projects not yet complete

By Shereen Siewert Major reconstruction for portions of Thomas Street and South First Avenue in Wausau are not yet complete due to temperature conditions, according to a city of Wausau news release issued Wednesday. City officials say both streets have been paved, with final landscaping near completion. But pavement markings, which must be placed during […]

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Penta wastewater contamination detected in Thomas Street neighborhood

By Shereen Siewert WAUSAU — After a contentious meeting Thursday that included new revelations of wastewater contamination on the city’s west side, members of Wausau’s capital improvements and street maintenance committee rejected a request for an easement to bury utility lines along the proposed Thomas Street project corridor. According to city documents, Wausau Water Works […]

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Excavation on Thomas Street alarms residents

By Shereen Siewert WAUSAU — Despite repeated assurances from city officials that any excavating of Thomas Street soils would include a water truck to minimize potential toxic dust transferred to nearby residents’ yards, crews spent several hours Thursday digging in the corridor without that safety measure in place. City officials were unaware of the excavation, […]

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Thomas Street contamination: Scare tactic or wakeup call?

By Shereen Siewert WAUSAU — Residents in the River Street neighborhood are anxiously awaiting news of the city’s next move in the Thomas Street reconstruction plan, even as Wausau’s mayor calls the latest round of environmental testing an irresponsible scare tactic. Mayor Rob Mielke made the comments Monday during a radio interview on WSAU. “We’re […]

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Fight for Thomas Street environmental testing continues

By Shereen Siewert WAUSAU — Independent environmental testing planned for the Thomas Street corridor is 10 times more sensitive than the method used by the city’s consultants and is more likely to reveal the presence of dioxins, according to an attorney representing a neighborhood group. Milwaukee attorney Ted Warpinksi, who represents the Citizens for an […]