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Stevens Point to meet in closed session for bidding on Centerpoint Mall project


STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) – Stevens Point officials will meet in closed session this evening to go over the pricing for a proposed campus for Mid-State Technical College.

A special city council meeting starts tonight at 6:15 to go over the cost for that project. Mayor Andrew Halverson declined comment on the meeting saying that it would be in closed session. The city says they'll be discussing bargaining and bids for the project during that meeting. Any decisions will be voted on in open session after the hearing.

Demolition for the main structure of the Centerpoint Mall was approved last month and this month in a pair of meetings by various committees of the city. The city will also be building a road through the area currently taken up by the structure of the mall.

Residents and some city officials were upset last month after the city announced those plans to tear down the mall, saying that the city had previously sought public input on a plan that would preserve the main structure and create a atrium and mall space for the community. Mayor Halverson and Community Development Authority Director Michael Ostrowski explained at meetings that the option to keep that section would be cost prohibitive if the city later tore down the atrium again if no tenants could be found.

The city has around 6 million dollars in funding for the project overall.