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Letter: Wausau shouldn't buy old commercial space without a real, long-term plan

Future is not in old store buildings

1:05 AM, Mar. 17, 2014  |  Comments
The city may purchase the old L&S Printing building on the corner of South First Avenue and Stewart Avenue in Wausau.
The city may purchase the old L&S Printing building on the corner of South First Avenue and Stewart Avenue in Wausau.
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EDITOR: It is interesting that Wausau wants to clean up the near west side. I think that is commendable.

I don't understand why the city wants to buy an aged building, the former L&S Printing building, in a time when office space and commercial space usage is shrinking. This community has lots of empty commercial space and this will continue as electronic communication improves and more employees work from alternate sites like their homes. Internet business is booming. The future is not in brick and mortar, as demonstrated in the continual increase in Internet sales.

If the city doesn't have a ready tenant, maybe the City Council should spend more time finding tenants for all the empty buildings in downtown and especially the Industrial Park on the far west side. Investments should be made with care, not only with the near future in mind but also with a long range plan. It's time to think outside the "brick and mortar" to the future.

Frank Larson,

Wausau

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