Wausau Center Mall demolition

Right On Track: Wausau Center Mall is 80% Razed

July 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 Sears building on May 21 and steadily moved west without a hitch. The wall facing Third Street will be one of the last structures to come down. Eckmann said to expect road closures after that. Wausau Opportunity Zone will continue to notify the community as closures are planned.

The Wausau Center parking ramps near HOM Furniture and the JC Penney building remain in place and are open throughout construction. “The ramps are very safe and are used frequently, especially for Concerts on the Square on Wednesdays,” said Eckmann.

Downtown parking ramps are free after 6 p.m. on weekdays and on weekends.

This weekend take advantage of the free parking when you head down to the ChalkFest Wausau event held on the 400 Block and Sidewalk Sales in the downtown.  Jefferson Street will be closed between Fourth and Third Streets on Saturday and Sunday for the event along with parking spaces on Scott Street and Fourth Street adjacent to the 400 Block. Third Street will remain open for access to downtown businesses.

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