Appleton receives proposals for downtown multi-use building with library

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APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) - It's a busy time in Appleton. U.S. Venture announced plans to move its headquarters there. The Fox Cities Exhibition Center opened this week. And a possible new development is coming to Appleton.

Back in November, we told you Appleton's Common Council voted to start accepting proposals for a new multi-use building including a library.

Friday, the city received proposals from five groups for a multi-use building in the downtown area that would include a library.

The building could also include housing, businesses or medical services.

"Much more viable if you can have three or four different uses in that facility as opposed to just one single user," said Bob Mundt, Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce President/CEO, explained.

The city hasn't reviewed the proposals yet.

While it will only choose one, Mayor Tim Hanna is confident some of the other projects may be able to move forward.

"If they don't get chosen, they can slide the library piece out and slide another piece in and still have a viable proposals," said Hanna.

The projects that move forward could be built on the site of the existing library or in a new location downtown, continuing the city's goal of bringing more people to downtown Appleton.

"It's indicative of sign that I think downtowns are becoming more and more viable,” Mundt said. “I think that people are putting more of a focus on our downtown and really trying to get people back to the central city and I think that's a good thing."

The city will begin reviewing the proposals next week.

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