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CenterPoint fizzles, new vision falters

Stevens Point leaders pinned their hopes on a downtown shopping center that hardly stood a chance. Now, a plan to replace the mall is running into its own obstacles.

2:40 AM, Nov. 2, 2013
Lawsuits and unexpected costs have bogged down efforts to revamp the former CenterPoint MarketPlace mall in downtown Stevens Point.
Lawsuits and unexpected costs have bogged down efforts to revamp the former CenterPoint MarketPlace mall in downtown Stevens Point.
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Editor's note: This is part 1 of a two-story series on the complicated past and uncertain future of development in downtown Stevens Point. On Monday, read Stevens Point Journal Media's exclusive report about the potential cost to taxpayers of the mall's closure.

It's the mid-1980s, and Jim Graboski is cutting hair at Jim's Barber Shop on the Mathias Mitchell Public Square, his customers deep in conversation about a new mall being built in the heart of downtown.

Community leaders, residents and downtown business owners hope the project will help the city catch up with a downtown-mall trend ...

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