First businesses in River Prairie Development open for business

Altoona, Wis. (WEAU) - After years of planning, the city of Altoona’s newest commercial development is welcoming its first customers.

While there's still more work to be done, the City Administrator says he hopes the River Prairie Development will be help provide a new identity for the town for years to come.

Amy Kurtz, a physical therapist and owner of Northwoods Therapy Associates said, “patients were thrilled with how nice and cozy and homey our location felt and how it really met their needs as far as size and space to work in privacy and to do their exercises.”

This morning doors opened to the first two businesses in the River Prairie Development in Altoona, setting the tone for what the City Administrator says will be a great place for the entire family.

“We're happy with the job that they did and it really does set the tone for the rest of the development in regards to aesthetics and we hope it will attract other businesses to the development,” City Administrator Mike Golat said.

Kurtz said she thinks "a lot of people are hoping for some unique shops that they can go to after their appointment. We're just as excited because many of us are out running errands and out to lunch and we can’t wait to have some places to go as well."

Golat added the City of Altoona and the tax payers will also see the benefits of the new developments after the cities initial infrastructure investment is paid off.

According to Golat, “Residents will not see tax hike there will actually be a tax reduction as those tax increments come on the books.”

Golat says the next step is construction in the northwest quadrant beginning in the spring of 2014. Right now there are plans for a gas station and a hotel to open by next summer.

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