Chippewa Falls talks of plans for the future of downtown

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU)- After years of hard work and planning, the City of Chippewa Falls is gearing up to take the next steps to finish its new gateway to the city.
Tuesday night area business owners learned what comes next at the Chippewa Falls Main Street Annual Dinner.

The City of Chippewa Falls and Chippewa Falls Main Street say work started on the new gateway to downtown located at the intersection of Spring Street and Bridge Street in the summer of 2013. This summer they will pick up where work left off last year.

“We had a lot of construction last year rebuilding Bridge Street. We rebuilt the roundabout, the SEH Building went up,” City Planner Jayson Smith said.

It’s been a quiet couple of months along the streets of Chippewa falls, but come springtime City Planner Jayson Smith says when winter finally breaks and the ice and the snow melts it’s time for construction.

“We are already preparing demolition specifications for the Empire Building so hopefully within the next month or two that will start,” Smith Said. “The site where that building sits is the site where the Chamber and Visitor Center will break ground in spring.”

Smith says crews will begin demolition of several old buildings along Bridge Street in Chippewa Falls starting this spring. At the same time crews will be working to repave the rest of Bridge Street.

“It’s an exciting time for the city,” SEH manager Tim Marko said.

Marko, who manages SEH, the company currently building at the site of the new entryway says they made the choice to relocate back to downtown after seeing all that's planned for the future of the city.

“They aren't resting and they are moving forward very progressively. I’m excited to see what comes next,” Marko added.

Marko said the SEH Building, which broke ground in July of 2013 will be completed in April. The company will start moving in starting in May.

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