The Economic Development Committee commissioned two separate reports that represent concept development plans for expansion of the City’s industrial park. The plans focus on extending municipal utilities and streets into two areas owned by the City of Wausau.
One area consists of approximately 200 acres located north of Highland Drive and west of 72nd Avenue, the Wausau West Industrial Park Expansion (1.5mb PDF). Most of the property assessed in this report is part of an existing tax incremental district which will help finance the cost of the public improvements needed in this area. Extension of utilities into this area is being planned for 2002 or 2003.
The second site (the Miller Farm report 800kb PDF) is located on the north bank of the Big Rib River, immediately west of 48th Avenue extended. This property could be developed into approximately 30 acres of industrial parkland. Due to the existing inventory of available industrial sites, the Miller Farm will probably not be developed for industrial use within the next 10 to 15 years. Rather, the property will be held until other parts of the industrial park are developed or one major employer needs a very large site for expansion purposes. In the meantime, the property will be used as a site for the community garden program administered by The Neighbor’s Place.