Eds Note: I am not usually one to put press releases here on the blog, but the prospect of being able to drop people off right in front of the mall has me positively giddy. Certainly downtown will boom now!
Street Re-Opening Celebration
Noon – Friday, June 8th, 2007
WHAT: For the first time in 25 years, vehicles will be able to travel from 1st Street to 3rd Street as they enter downtown Wausau! The last remnants of the former pedestrian mall will finally be re-opened to traffic, with Washington Street now connecting 1st Street to 3rd Street.
Making travel into our central business district easier to navigate for local residents, as well as out of town guests. Enter downtown Wausau and get dropped off right at the mall entrance or visit the shops along 3rd Street! Businesses up and down 3rd Street will find it easier to give directions to their locations.
In the 60’s, 70’s and early 80’s, over 200 pedestrian malls were created in efforts to revitalize downtowns throughout the United States. Over the past 20 years, all but 20 pedestrian malls have been re-opened to traffic and parking as communities across the country came to the realization that access, convenience and on-street- parking were essential components for Main Street retailers.
Wausau closed Washington Street and the 300 block of 3rd Street in 1982 as part of the Wausau Center mall development. Over the past 2 and a half decades, many vacancies existed along Washington Street and numerous businesses open and then closed their doors. In 2005, a majority of the downtown businesses rallied to convince city leaders to re-open these streets to further stimulate business. The east section of Washington Street and the 300 block of 3rd Street re-opened in September 2005. The process is now complete with the remaining west section of Washington Street re-opening Friday, June 8, 2007.
WHERE: Washington Street by the Jefferson Street Parking Lot.
WHEN: June 8th at 12:00pm Join us for the ribbon cutting, following by a procession of antique vehicles traveling from 1st Street to 3rd Street to mark this historic occasion.
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