A variety of construction and utility projects is sparking the summer in the Antigo area.
The largest of the publicly-funded projects involves the reconstruction of Sixth Avenue and Field Street and the sprucing up of the adjoining Peaceful Valley railroad corridor.
In his report to the Common Council, Director of Administrative Services Dale Soumis said that the storm water pipes have all been installed, with the exception of the outfall into Spring Brook, which is awaiting a state Department of Natural Resources permit. The contractor is now beginning to lay in the curb and roadbed in preparation for the new street.
“We’ve solved a lot of chronic problems with this project,” Soumis said. “It will pay dividends over the years to come.”
Elimination of downtown blight is also being done through the private sector, with new ownership of the former Super America convenience store at Third Avenue and Superior Street.
Soumis said the city is working with the new owners to acquire grants to help with the removal of the old underground tanks and ground cleanup.
“No specific plans have been announced yet but it is hoped that a new business or businesses will go into the facility,” Soumis said. “The owners plan to remodel the facility and modernize it and in the end it will become an asset to the community rather than blight.”
In his report to aldermen, City Building Inspector/Assessor Jerry Wilhelm touched on a series of private projects, including facade work by local businesses, the Merit Gear office addition, new body shop at Parsons of Antigo, remodeling of Exclusively Schroeder’s on the south side, the office building being constructed for State Farm Insurance on the north side, and a reconfiguration of the drive-through at Dairy Queen to accommodate a new sidewalk.
The splash pad adjacent to the Clara R. McKenna Aquatic Center is nearing completion, he said, and should be ready for young splashers within weeks.
The construction zone at Langade Hospital continues to be a busy place, Wilhelm said, with work scheduled to start soon on the renovations to the General Clinic, which will receive a great deal of alterations in conjunction with the demolition of the old hospital.
And construction of the dairy pavilion/multi-purpose building at the fairgrounds, funded by a mix of county dollars and volunteer donations, is well underway with the structural steel in place for the three wings.