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Wausau leaders to sign management agreements on renovated Riverview Towers today


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) -- Wausau's community development authority will be finishing up their Riverview Towers construction project with a meeting this afternoon.

The 20 month long project was completed a month ago and completely revamped the facility to include new rooms, better access for wheelchairs and other mobility devices and better access to the building and Grand Avenue. Residents were slowly circulated through the floors of the building, moving temporarily to other units while construction was underway until the whole project was complete.

Community development director Anne Werth says this meeting will help finish up the paperwork to operate the facility. "We went through a tax credit project, about 11 million dollar tax credit project, where we renovated all 149 units, 10 floors of renovations, and this is just the agreements that need to be in place to operate this as a tax credit project."

Werth says the former hospital is a centerpiece of the city's publicly managed housing. "Riverview Towers is near-elderly, 55 and above, and disable people. And we also have 46 units of scattered site housing, and those are owned and operated by the Community Development Authority." The contracts and agreements up for review today will keep Riverview under operation by the city for the next 15 years.

Today's meeting starts at noon at the Community Development office on East Thomas Street next to the Towers.