If all goes as presented, within three years, Rhinelander's downtown will have a new look that promoters hope will last for half of a century.
Months of planning and public meetings ended last night with a final presentation to the public and city council about Rhinelander's Streetscape project.
The project will be roughly from the Wisconsin River on the west to Stevens Street on the east and Frederick street to the north. It would redesign the above-ground appearance of the downtown after the city does a major reconstruction of the below ground infrastructure.
The architects formally revealed the compromise choice for the traffic pattern and design in a redeveloped downtown Rhinelander last night. As part of a city and Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. project, the city will undertake underground reconstruction and the streets and sidewalks will be rebuilt through a redesign.
After a public meeting in April, the design team took the input and after several more meetings came up with a compromise, having two-way traffic with angle parking on one side, parallel parking on the other.
Applying for a $1.6 million dollar federal grant was approved by the Rhinelander city council Monday night. But it left questions in the minds of some council members.
If approved by the feds, the grant would be the initial money to redo the underground infrastructure along Brown Street and downtown. The grant would be for 2016 and 2017, a year later than earlier sought.
While the matter had been in two committees, council members Alex Young and Steve Sauer both objected to the speed which the large project...potentially $9 million dollars...was going through council...