Appleton downtown development proposals include library

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APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) - A new library is among the proposals for new projects in downtown Appleton.

The city says five development teams have submitted proposals for mixed-use projects.

This downtown development comes as U.S. Venture builds its new headquarters there.

“As we’ve said before, the U.S. Venture building is the first domino to fall, so-to-speak, in what we know will be a catalyst for other downtown developments, including the multimillion-dollar renovation of the historic Zuelke building.” said Mayor Tim Hanna.

The proposals include the Appleton Public Library as an "anchor tenant" for mixed-use development.

The Community and Economic Development Department will review the proposals next week.

Eventually, city staff will make a recommendation to the Common Council and the Library Board.

In November, the Appleton city council voted to accept proposals to either redevelop the library's existing site or build on a new site downtown.

Action 2 News has reported over the past several years on different failed proposals, including one to build the library on the site of the former Fox Banquets. That's where U.S. Venture is building its headquarters.

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