Former Leevers Store building gets fresh start in Menomonie

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MENOMONIE, Wis. (WEAU) Downtown Menomonie says a piece of land is getting a fresh start after sitting vacant for years.

Monday crews began demolition on the building that used to house Leevers Grocery Store.

The grocery store went out of business in 2003 and the city says it has been exploring new options for the land.

In 2011, the city announced plans for a mixed use housing and retail development on the site of the old building, but that deal later fell through.

City leaders in Menomonie say the demolition signals a start to future change.

"It was a great store but this is moving forward and its been along time coming so we hope something positive can happen here soon," says Mary Solberg, a Menomonie City Council member.

The Menomonie City Council says this Spring it could start reviewing building plans for the lot.

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