Wausau Opportunity Zone

Will the current Wausau Mall parking ramps be open? Is it safe to park in the ramps during demolition?

May 12 2021

Yes! Directions and all Downtown Wausau parking information can be found here.

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How noisy will it be during demolition?

May 12 2021

Noise will consist of typical sounds of heavy equipment used during demolition and construction.

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Will there be a lot of dust during construction?

May 12 2021

Throughout demolition, the dust will be controlled through watering the construction site as best as we can.

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Will downtown shops and restaurants be open during demolition?

May 12 2021

Yes! Business listings and hours can be found here.  

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When will the entire downtown revitalization project be finished?

May 12 2021

The project will unfold in phases. The first phase will address the demolition of the Sears site. The total downtown revitalization project will be completed over several years.

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What are the demolition work hours?

May 12 2021

Demolition will take place Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

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What is the timeline for the phase one demolition project?

May 12 2021

Demolition is scheduled to begin mid-May at the Sears building then working gradually towards the west and stopping at the JC Penney building by middle August. HOM Furniture will remain intact and be open for business during the demolition. The two parking ramps will remain open as well.

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Why is the JC Penney building not coming down?

May 12 2021

The JC Penney building will remain standing for now because it sits atop an important and valued parking structure. The building serves as a protective barrier against the elements, too. Once future development for the current JC Penney site is identified, the building will be removed to make way for a new development.

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How many acres does the Wausau Mall currently sit on? How many total square feet will come down during demolition?

May 7 2021

The Wausau Center sits on 7 acres making up nearly 8 city blocks in downtown Wausau. A total of 425,000 square feet will come down during demolition.

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