Wausau Opportunity Zone

Remainder of Wausau Center Mall Will Come Down This Week

Jul 21 2021

The remaining portion of the Wausau Center Mall that once stood as the main entrance on Third Street and Washington Street was demolished today. Watch video of the front entrance coming down here.  “There will be brief road closures this week as crews bring down the final walls along Washington Street,” said Chuck Ghidorzi of […]

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The 15 Best Things to Do in Downtown Wausau Right Now

Jul 16 2021

While the demolition zone at Wausau Center Mall is booming with progress, don’t miss the rest of the excitement happening around Wausau this summer. There’s so much to do and you don’t have to travel beyond central Wisconsin or spend a lot of money to have fun. Here are 15 of the top things you’ll […]

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Right On Track: Wausau Center Mall is 80% Razed

Jul 9 2021

In less than three months, the Wausau Center Mall is nearly gutted. “Demolition is about 80% complete,” said Dave Eckmann, president of the Wausau Chamber and Wausau Opportunity Zone. “What you see on Washington Street is simply a façade. The structure behind the wall is gone.” Construction crews started tearing down the walls of the […]

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Wausau Center Mall Memories: Reflecting on Nearly Four Decades of Fun in Downtown Wausau

Jul 7 2021

This is the first in a series of Mall Memories as shared by community members. Ryan Gallagher had to have one last look. The place where he spent countless hours in his youth was about to become a memory. When it opened in summer 1983, the Wausau Center Mall was the epicenter of excitement for […]

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Live at the Construction Zone, Events and Shopping in Downtown Wausau

Jun 30 2021

Last week News 9-WAOW was live at the construction zone for an in-depth look at the rise and fall of the Wausau Center Mall. Dave Eckmann, president of the Wausau Chamber and Wausau Opportunity Zone, Inc (WOZ) explained the mall’s impact on northcentral Wisconsin and how the redevelopment with mixed-use space will increase opportunities in […]

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Business as Usual Downtown as Crews Make Steady Progress on Wausau Center Mall Demolition

Jun 22 2021

Last week crews started demolition into the Wausau Center Mall building heading west, dismantling the center corridor. Progress has been steady and on track. See photo gallery below from last week’s progress. “The mall demolition has not interfered with downtown events, shopping or dining,“ said Blake Opal-Wahoske, Wausau River District executive director. It has been […]

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Security Fences are up as Excavators Head West in Wausau Center Mall Demolition

Jun 15 2021

You may have noticed that the Sears exterior walls are down. In place of the exposed north wall in the parking ramp, construction crews installed a security fence on the 2nd floor. The ramp is open and available for parking. Crews are steadily making progress as they continue razing the Wausau Center Mall. “It’s business […]

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Downtown Wausau summer entertainment season starts June 12

Jun 11 2021

Summer fun is back in Downtown Wausau and it starts this weekend with music and outdoor dining on Saturday, June 12. Living River will perform on the 400 Block from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in a free concert to benefit the North Central Region of myTEAM TRIUMPH, a group that helps special needs individuals […]

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Traffic Update: Downtown Wausau Third Street Closures on June 8, 9 & 12

Jun 8 2021

Third Street in Downtown Wausau will be closed part of Tuesday and most of Wednesday while city crews remove the lights and install the popular umbrella display between Washington and Jefferson Streets. Third street will also be closed during Dining on the Street which starts this week. 3rd Street Closure for Umbrella Installation:  Tuesday, June […]

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Floating Umbrellas Return to Third Street Amid Wausau Center Mall Deconstruction

Jun 4 2021

The backdrop of the Wausau Center Mall is changing this summer, but not the sky above Third Street in downtown Wausau. The colorful canopy of umbrellas is returning on Wednesday, June 9th (weather pending) and just in time to celebrate the return of outdoor events and the revitalization of the downtown. Third Street will be closed […]

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