Will Washington Place demo start domino effect?

City leaders say the demolition of an apartment building could kick off a “domino effect” that would redefine Appleton’s downtown. Washington Place, the former low-income senior housing facility at 103 E. Washington St., is set to be torn down next … Continue reading

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Expo center plans in holding pattern due to receivership

Plans to build an exhibition center behind the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel are lagging due to uncertainty brought by the receivership announced earlier this summer. Mayor Tim Hanna said the city is still working on an agreement with Outagamie County … Continue reading

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City staff hammering out marquee development loans

Appleton’s financial staff has been busy this week hammering out loan agreements for three upcoming development projects. Chief among them, is for RiverHeath, the mixed use project near the College Ave bridge, Mayor Tim Hanna said Wednesday. In July, the … Continue reading

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Washington Street will be open by Octoberfest

New concrete and sidewalks have been poured and Washington Street should be open Sept. 28, in time for Octoberfest. Paula Vandehey, the city’s public works director, said crews still need to install street lights, parking meters, signage, traffic signals and … Continue reading

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Appleton considers scaling back liquor license punishment

City officials dropped the hammer on three College Avenue bars last month, stripping the liquor licenses for Casablanca Appleton Inc. based on the city’s contention the manager of the bars was not the person listed on the licenses. The rare … Continue reading

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City getting estimates to demolish Washington Place

The low-income senior housing downtown Washington Place, 103 E. Washington St., will be transferred to the city and razed, Mayor Tim Hanna said Monday. All 70 residents from the 7-story complex have been relocated to the new River Walk Place … Continue reading

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Library hires consultant to study modernization path

The Appleton Public Library has hired a consultant to study how it can modernize to become “a 21st Century Library.” A strategic planning group met last week to approve a contract with Godfrey’s Associates, based in Dallas, Texas. The $17,000 … Continue reading

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2012 continues to prove favorable for Appleton finances

Appleton’s finance department announced an unanticipated savings Wednesday of more than $440,000 with the combination of three refinancing plans locked in this summer. Lisa Remiker, the city’s finance director, said part of the savings came through refinancing bonds related to … Continue reading

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Houdini Plaza gets sound check for new stage

Architects and Appleton city staff were milling around Houdini Plaza Tuesday morning with some fancy equipment. Health Officer Tim Mirkes was measuring sound levels with a decibel meter. He’ll do the same on Thursday during the summer concert series. “We … Continue reading

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Soldiers Square project nears completion

A centerpiece of Appleton’s downtown is almost ready to reveal its facelift. City staff will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the renovated Soldiers Square the morning of Aug. 30. “We put in decorative lighting, colored and stamped concrete for … Continue reading

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