NEWCAP Seeks to Redevelop Colonial Building Property
Three blighted Marinette properties could see new life under a proposal presented to the city’s Planning Commission Wednesday. NEWCAP, a community action agency servicing Northeast Wisconsin, is seeking to redevelop three contaminated Main Street properties- the former Colonial Building, the adjacent vacant lot, and the former Bay Area Medical Center parking lot- into a 45-unit housing complex. Cheryl Detrick, President and CEO of NEWCAP says a lack of available housing is one of the main challenges the area faces when considering economic development.
However, some nearby property owners felt the project would only add to the downtown’s issues, not solve them. Randy Vertz says he’s concerned about how introducing a residential unit will impact parking in the area.
Wisconsin Public Service, whose predecessor company previously used the site for storage of manufactured gas, has agreed to clean up some of the contamination in the area. Detrick says the agency is also seeking grant funding for the rest of the remediation work. The Planning Commission approved conveying the properties to NEWCAP, as well as amending the city’s comprehensive plan and the zoning designation of these sites to allow for the proposed development. Common Council will take up these recommendations in July.