Marathon County residents share ideas for Marathon Hall dormitory building
WAUSAU, Wisconsin (WSAW) – The historic Marathon Hall dormitory on the UWSP campus in Wausau is now owned by Marathon County. People in the community believe that the building could be used to support several initiatives.
Pam Anderson is just one of the residents affected. Since the county became the owner of the building, she is responsible for brainstorming with various members of the community on the next use of the building.
“I coordinated three tours of the facility,” Anderson explained. “In total, around 18 people experienced it, coming from around fifteen different organizations. Some are independent developers… others are non-profit organizations.
Anderson said residents of the community would prefer the building to be used for affordable housing, offices for local nonprofits or temporary housing for Afghan refugees.
“It could be used for housing people who are having housing issues right now, to make sure people don’t become homeless,” Anderson explained. “There’s a certain type of conversation with maybe this is a good housing structure for the elderly.”
She said she had had conversations with the Salvation Army, Bridge Street Mission and other organizations that house the homeless in Marathon County.
According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, the annual income for a one-bedroom apartment in Marathon County is almost $ 25,000.
Marathon County Supervisory Board Chairman Kurt Gibbs said while plans have yet to be made, the county is anticipating.
“The Westside master plan is critical to looking at the long-term needs of the county, as well as the facilities of the UWSP, the park, the highway department,” Gibbs explained.
The plan is a comprehensive 15-year plan that the county uses for buildings, facilities and land owned by Marathon County in Wausau, according to the website.
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