The tallest structure in Antigo, and a flurry of new apartment complexes hint at a busy building season ahead in the city.
In his monthly report to the Antigo Common Council, building inspector/assessor reviewed a mix of commercial and residential projects, plus heightened interest among developers interested in constructing apartment complexes and assisted living facilities.
The ongoing commercial projects are led by Freshtech, a division of Plaspack, which has started erecting the steel framework for its massive new structure at 2611 Clermont St.
The 36,900 square foot building will allow introduction of new equipment, production increases and create a more competitive market for the packaging industry. The completion date for the building is scheduled for March, 2013, with new equipment introduced immediately and production getting underway in April.
“When completed, it will be 64 feet tall, the tallest building in the city,” Wilhelm said.
Other commercial projects include the ongoing work at Langlade Hospital, which is building a new sports medicine center, and the Stellar development office complex along Sixth Avenue.
Also downtown, several local businesses are taking advantage of the city’s grant program to complete facade work and the former SuperAmerica building has been resurrected and is awaiting tenants. CoVantage Credit Union is also shuffling office cubicles to make room for more staff and its call center.
On the north side, Parsons of Antigo has completed work on its new body shop and is now revamping the area that formerly house the equipment for a new showroom and sales floor.
Also on the north side, Burger King is in the process of upgrading its look. The exterior is complete and interior work has begun. The restaurant is remaining open during the significant renovations.
Wilhelm said that recent inquires point to an upsurge in interest in sites for apartment complexes, with his office currently working with four developers on complexes raging from 48 to 100 units.
There is also interest in developing assisted living facilities, including a 16-unit project south of 10th Avenue.
The City Plan Commission will review zone changes proposals along Charlotte Street and 10th Avenue on Tuesday.