The buildings will utilize sustainable materials and methods that are feasible for the project. Though LEED Certification is generally not sought by the City of Appleton, as a result of its extra expense for the certification process alone, we do encourage the use of as many sustainable products and practices that are feasible. The developer has indicated a desire to add LEED practices into the development.
Is the sewer and water in that part of downtown upgraded? Will those costs be added to the project total?
Infrastructure (sanitary sewer, water main, storm water, pavement, sidewalk, etc.) is already in the City's 5-Year Capital Improvement Program (and shown in our 5-year paving program) for Appleton Street, Lawrence Street, Oneida Street and Morrison Street.
The city's comprehensive plan showed an area for civic plaza use. What is this use now? What are other areas for green space.
The plan the developer presented does consider the ongoing need for green space and has included a pedestrian promenade for functions such as farmers markets, outdoor seating, etc. In addition, the City continues to make large investments in downtown parks. It is anticipated the renovated Jones Park will be reopened in 2019 and a future par developed as Ellen Kort Park in the near future.
Why can't the city move City Hall into the existing Library site and get out of the current location?
There are many options for redevelopment of the existing Library site. No decisions have been made at this time.
Can we see the scoring of the other proposals?
Yes, that information is available on our website as part of the agenda packet for the initial informational meeting on this project.
Was the site of the former Thompson Center considered for a new library?
The Thompson Center site was part of the geographic area outlined in the Request for Proposals. However, there were no proposals submitted using this site.
Will there be a referendum on this project?
There are no current plans for a referendum on this project. Residents will have multiple opportunities to be heard. Contact the Common Council at: http://www.appleton.org/government/common-council. Residents are also welcome to come and speak at meetings about the project.