Plans to redevelop Miles Kimball building in Oshkosh's Sawdust District

Published: Feb. 5, 2018 at 5:17 PM CST
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A spot in Oshkosh once known for manufacturing is now becoming known for new developments.

Plans are in the works to redevelop an Oshkosh building, built in 1897, in the growing Sawdust District.

It's a part of the city we've been following for the past year amid a push for redevelopment there.

"It's working as planned, almost faster than we can keep up with," said Allen Davis, Oshkosh Community Development.

Menominee Nation Arena and 5th Ward Brewing Company are leading the changing face of the Sawdust District.

The former Miles Kimball building is next, after being purchased last week by Bridgeview Holdings.

"Trying to generate some activity around the excitement and the momentum that's already there," said Bridgeview Holdings partner Javad Ahmad.

Preliminary renderings show restaurants on the first floor, three stories of office space, and a café on the top floor.

Ahmad wants that office space to feature tech companies including his IT business, Oracular.

"Have a very contrast change to what it is to what it will be,” Ahmad said. “I want this building to stand out. It is situated in the manner that it can standout."

"Another catalyst that would help the development north, south, east and west of that intersection,” Davis said. “9th avenue connects out to I-41. We always thought that would be a major artery serving the Sawdust District and south shore."

Bridgeview Holdings hopes to have a proposal in front of city council this month and the redevelopment finished by the fall.

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