New housing option available near downtown Wausau

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By:  Michael Leischner with WSAU

A first of its kind housing initiative is hoping to bring more people to downtown Wausau.

The Chamber of Commerce and First Weber Group held a ribbon cutting on Thursday for ten townhomes located at the intersection of Third Street and Short Street. The units officially hit the market this weekend.

Phil Larkin with First Weber says the development caters to those who want to buy into a home but want to keep some of the maintenance of a house off their hands. “[they don’t want] the responsibility of having to mow their yard every week, or shovel ten inches of snow when we get dumped on. That’s the idea behind it, you can still own something without all the hassles.”

Larkin adds that the homes fill a housing void near downtown. “There’s only a handful of apartments [downtown] that aren’t income subsidized.”

As for the economic impact for downtown, it’s tough to tell but Larkin says it can’t hurt. “It would be great for the area to bring in a little money. It should only help.” The development also goes along with the trend that many millennials have been following of living within walking distance of work, shops, and dining.

None of the homes had been sold as of Thursday. Larken says when completed the development could have up to 30 homes in the next few years. 

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