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Wausau city council to vote on Bull Falls, CVS projects tonight


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) - Wausau city leaders will take up motions on a pair of business expansions at tonight's city council meeting.

Up for a vote will be a proposed expansion of the Bull Falls Brewery property on Thomas Street. The move would rezone a number of residential properties on East Thomas Street as well as close parts of East Thomas and Saint Paul streets near McIndoe.

The properties are already a part of Tax Incremental District Number 9, and the expansion is part of a plan to expand brewery operations at Bull Falls. A plan issued to the city says the move could employ 5 part time and 5 full time staff. Mayor Jim Tipple says the city is very excited about the plans. "If you can give a little encouragement from the city side and have success on the other side, that's what public private partnerships are all about."

City council president Lisa Rasmussen is hoping for a success for the city like New Glarus Brewing was for New Glarus. "No one knew where New Glarus was until the brewery came along." She says that an established brewery like Bull Falls could help put Wausau on the map the way Wausau Insurance used to, but can no longer do.

The council will also vote on moving the Stones Building Center buildings to another location to make way for a CVS Pharmacy on Bridge Street and 1st Avenue. The site plan for the new store was approved back in August along with an allowance for CVS to start the process to build a new store. An original plan had been to build it along the river at the site of the Jacob Mortenson Sawmill, the site where electricity was first generated in Wausau. The change would put the CVS directly across the street from Walgreens on Bridge Street.

That meeting gets underway at 7 pm at City Hall.