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Appleton considers new library building with 100 apartments, condos

Artist concept of mixed-use library and apartment/condo development (image provided by City of Appleton)
Artist concept of mixed-use library and apartment/condo development (image provided by City of Appleton)(WBAY)
Published: Feb. 22, 2018 at 6:00 PM CST
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Thursday, the City of Appleton provided the first look at what a new downtown library could look like.

City officials say this was the winning proposal for a mixed-use development downtown. In addition to the library, it features 96 apartments and condominiums, retail space and underground parking. It would be built on the current site of the Soldiers Square parking ramp, south of the YMCA.

A second phase of the project would build a new parking ramp next to the YMCA. Future phases could include another 200 apartments and condos, a restaurant, and more public parking.

Construction of the library would cost the city an estimated $29.8 million, plus additional costs for the interior, and a new parking ramp would cost $26.8 million.

The public is invited to learn more about the project Monday night at a joint meeting of the city Finance Committee and Appleton Public Library and Equipment Committee. That meeting is at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. The meeting is for information only.

City officials say the plan has support from the YMCA, which owns the parking ramp that would be demolished, and also US Venture, which is constructing its headquarters nearby.

As selling points, the city says this would connect Soldiers Square with Houdini Plaza, and it has the largest potential for new tax base than the seven other proposals -- about $66 million.

The proposal is from Paul Klister and a development team at Commercial Horizons. It was one of two proposals from Klister's team.

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