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The Changing Landscape of Green Bay in 2014

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From the City Deck Landing apartments, to the KI Convention Center expansion, we are closing out the biggest year in recent memory for development in downtown Green Bay.

In an average year the city approves three development deals, but in 2013 the city approved triple that.  Nine development agreements totaling $78 million.

What do the successes of 2013 mean for 2014?

It means you better grab a hard hat because in 2014 the City of Green Bay will be a construction zone.

It won't all be dust and dirt though, you'll see many ribbon cuttings and grand openings.

Which will likely spur more development deals and more groundbreakings ...

It'll be a messy year.

"It's one of those 'pardon our dust' years, we're going to have a lot of construction going on in Green Bay," says Mayor Jim Schmitt.

Along with more cranes and more fenced off hard hat zones, in 2014 there will be more construction workers employed locally.

 "It puts contractors to work, it brings in dry wallers, it brings in flooring contractors, it gives us work," says Lisa Grassman with Smet Construction Services.

A lot of work.

Among the projects already underway is the KI Convention Center expansion which will continue through this year and well into 2015. 

While several downtown residential projects hope to be ready for move in before 2015:

The 23-unit Platten Place aims to be finished by Fall 2014.

Both the 76-unit City Deck Landing and the 93-unit Metreau hope to complete construction by late 2014.

A 50-unit Veteran's housing project near UWGB is set to begin construction this coming spring and finish a year later, in Spring 2015.

You'll also see major changes along the Monroe corridor in downtown as well as, "the expansion of the Meyer Theatre, so we'll have more arts down here," says Mayor Schmitt.

There's a frothy light at the end of the construction tunnel. The expansion of Titletown Brewing will be finished and pouring by spring.

Schreiber's new building will be complete and filled with 600-plus employees by summer.

Which is the deadline for the Clarion remodel too.

Green Bay's School for the Gifted and Talented will be renovated and open for the school year in the fall.

All of these projects bring more people to downtown which brings more small business.

"There will be a grocery store in the downtown, we'll have that announcement next year," says Mayor Schmitt.

The activity is also a catalyst for more big developments

"We get more calls, I mean we get calls, I can't tell you from who," Grassman says with a smile.

As new buildings go up, there's a good chance residents will see taxes go down.  The expanding tax base will support the expansion of city services.

"You're going to see more lighting enhancements.  We want to get better lighting on our bridges, better lighting on, Monroe Ave is going to have some awesome lighting, even through the neighborhoods there's things we can do with more decorative lighting," says Mayor Schmitt.

For 2014, the city's future is looking bright, both figuratively and literally.

 

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