UP FRONT: Regional Roundup – February 2014

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 :: Up Front
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» Highway 41 Corridor

Brown, Calumet, Outagamie, Winnebago, Fond du Lac Counties

CityDeck Landing will have 76 apartment units

CityDeck Landing will hold 76 apartment units overlooking the Fox River in downtown Green Bay. Residents will be in close proximity to three Farmers’ Markets. Photo courtesy Downtown Green Bay, Inc.

CityDeck Landing will hold 76 apartment units overlooking the Fox River in downtown Green Bay. Residents will be in close proximity to three Farmers’ Markets. Photo courtesy Downtown Green Bay, Inc.

CityDeck Landing, a $12 million riverfront apartment complex owned by T. Wall Enterprises of Madison, will be built on the corner of Washington and Main streets in downtown Green Bay by March 2015.

The 76-unit facility will include two-story loft penthouses, abundant green space and 7,000 square feet of retail space. The apartments will have several brick colors, balconies with metal details and architectural stone accents on the building’s base.

Jeff Mirkes, executive director of Downtown Green Bay Inc. and Olde Main Street Inc., says that during the past few months developers have been responding to the scenario of significant demand and limited supply of downtown residential units. Based on a survey Downtown Green Bay Inc. conducted on the waterfront residential area, about 310 residential units are occupied. This is an example of how important the Fox River is to the area, especially CityDeck area residents, Mirkes says.

“This project will be located in close proximity to three excellent Farmers’ Markets: the Saturday morning market, the Wednesday Broadway market and the Winter Farmers’ Market at KI,” Mirkes says.

In the future, CityDeck Landing will also be surrounded by new retail businesses along Washington Street.

“It’s an opportunity for retailers to connect with the 500-plus Schreiber employees across the street and the 150-plus residential tenants in that building,” Mirkes says, referring to the new Schreiber Foods corporate office under construction. “It will be a nice complement to a very quality building.”

He also says there are 900-plus Wisconsin Public Service employees in the area as well.

The new complex will provide views of the river and, for those on the top floor of the complex, a view of the bay.

Smet Construction of Green Bay was awarded the contract to build the facility and Alliance Management of Green Bay will be the complex’s property management company.


» The Northwoods

Florence, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto Counties

Florence receives $18,900 tourism marketing grant

The Florence County Economic Development Commission received $18,935 in a Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) grant to help attract more travelers and market the Wild Rivers in Florence County. The 100-mile Wild Rivers Tour project estimates about $91,800 in economic impact from traveler spending at area hotels, restaurants and stores.

“Florence County is a phenomenal playground for all outdoor enthusiasts with its pristine and preserved forests and waterways,” says Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett. “These rivers are true Wisconsin hidden gems and this project is in a position to share these incredible waterways with more travelers and create a positive impact in the area.”

Wisconsin designated the Popple and Pine Rivers as “Wild Rivers” in 1965 to preserve the habitat around the rivers, which includes seven waterfalls, six rapids, wildlife views and pristine forest on either side of the rivers, offering travelers opportunities for hiking, birding, fishing and paddling.

The project will run from April through October as FCEDC tries to meet its goals of 1,200 Wild River Tour mobile app downloads and an increase in overnight stays in the county. Grant funds will cover signage, mailings, collateral materials and mobile app development, as well as print, radio and online advertising.

In fiscal year 2013, the department funded 56 JEM projects, awarding a total of nearly $1.2 million. Visitor expenses driven by the marketing from these projects are expected to exceed $36 million.

“Visitors tell me our Wild Rivers give them the feeling of being in the wilderness of Canada rather than just a few hours north of home,” says FCEDC Director Wendy Gehlhoff. “Thanks to the financial assistance from the JEM grant, we are excited to begin promoting this 100-mile Wild River Tour with its 15 signed river access locations and a number of other unique and historical points of interest.”


New hospital office expands services in Oconto Falls

Construction began on a two-story medical office building on the Community Memorial Hospital (CMH) campus that will expand high-quality health care services to the Oconto Falls community and surrounding areas.

The new facility expands specialty health care services such as orthopedics, dietary and oncology to the local community. Oconto Falls area residents have been traveling to Green Bay or the Fox Cities for health care needs.

The 28,000-square-foot facility will offer specialty medical services, such as orthopedic and podiatry care, urology, oncology and pain management services through CMH’s affiliate partners Prevea Health, St. Vincent Hospital and Advanced Pain Management.

According to David Lally, CMH business development manager, three phases led up to the facility: creating additional parking, tearing down a previous administration building and constructing the new medical building, which is expected to complete by August.

Rodac Commercial Development and Construction in Green Bay was hired for the construction phase. Rodac is known for hiring all local contractors and working through the winter, says Lally.

CMH is an independent health-care system serving the greater Oconto County with a full-service hospital in Oconto Falls and six primary care clinics located throughout Oconto County.


» The Lakeshore

About 400 fifth-grade students attended MCPIE’s “Careers on Wheels” program.  Photo courtesy of Chamber of Manitowoc County

About 400 fifth-grade students attended MCPIE’s “Careers on Wheels” program. Photo courtesy of Chamber of Manitowoc County.

Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan Counties

400 students attend careers program

The Chamber of Manitowoc County Partners in Education coordinated the first “Careers on Wheels” program in December, bringing career awareness to about 400 fifth-grade students from the Manitowoc and Mishicot public school districts.

Manitowoc County area businesses’ employees brought examples of vehicles to the Formrite Companies host site in Two Rivers, giving students a chance to interact with workers from different fields requiring wheels.


» West Central

Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara, Marquette, Green Lake Counties

Tigerton façade project completed

The exterior renovation project at Gage’s Tire & Auto in Tigerton was completed with help from a Shawano Country Vision 2017 Façade Improvement matching grant, according to Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce and Shawano County Economic Progress Inc. The grant paid for 50 percent of the project with improvements including new signage installation, new windows, an awning and a shingled roof over the entrance.

“I would not have been able to make these improvements without the financial assistance from this grant,” says Matt Schrank, Gage’s Tire & Auto owner.

Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Nancy Smith says the project is an example of grant funds being fully utilized “by sprucing up a highly visible business and making it much more professional and inviting.”

For more information, call Dennis Heling at (715) 526-5839 or Nancy Smith at (715) 524-2139.


Consolidated to build AmericInn in Waupun

A new AmericInn hotel in Waupun will open in June 2014. Photo courtesy HAF Architects LLC/Consolidated Construction Co. Inc.

A new AmericInn hotel in Waupun will open in June 2014. Photo courtesy HAF Architects LLC/Consolidated Construction Co. Inc.

Consolidated Construction Company began building the new Waupun AmericInn hotel in December, which is on 1.43 acres of the Meadowview School redevelopment area near Wisconsin Hwy. 151.

The three-story hotel will have 61 rooms in 32,200 square feet of space, including a pool area, breakfast and beverage bar.

“Waupun’s convenient location has always made it a favorite overnight spot for travelers; however, hotel development has not kept up with demand,” says Andrew Glewen, president of Marshview Hospitality LLC and the local developer of the hotel. “There have been no significant new hotel projects developed between Madison and Fond du Lac in the past 10 years. Waupun and the 151 corridor are more than ready for this project.”

Lighthouse Hospitality Group President Don Klain says about 20 hotel staff positions will open.

Construction is expected to be completed in June. The hotel will be independently owned by Marshview Hospitality and operated by Lighthouse Hospitality Group of Muskego.


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