Tuesdays with the Mayor: A weekly update with Stevens Point Mayor Mike Wiza
By Taylor J. Hale
STEVENS POINT – Mayor Mike Wiza sat down with Gazette staff to give an update on Stevens Point developments. Wiza touched on developer changes on the city’s new student housing project, city offices reopening, and more.
Student housing at former Kmart site
Wiza noted that the developer for the student housing project located in the former Kmart parcel has switched. The city chose to end the $2.5 million deal with Marty Graff and approved giving Catalyst Construction the first $1.5 million incentive package upon completion of agreed criteria, with the second package undetermined.
“We are always sure that we are covering the interest of the citizens,” Wiza noted. “Not one dime has been paid out to that previous developer in TIF incentives.”
Wiza noted that the original plan included some business developments on Commercial Street; these projects will still move forward, but with a different developer. Construction on the student housing will continue as expected, with some possible changes coming to the facility’s second phase of development.
City offices to reopen
Wiza noted that most city offices, including city hall, are slated to reopen to the public on June 1, with social distancing guidelines in place.
“Most offices in the city will be reopening, with some modifications,” Wiza explained.
The modifications include social distancing and updated sanitary practices.
Contact the city clerk for more information at 715-346-1569.
Roundabout art installation
The new “Point” prototype signage coming to the North Point Drive roundabout is slated to be removed by May 28 and replaced by the coming metal art pieces by mid-summer.
The Stevens Point City Council commissioned the roughly $105,000 art project in late 2018. The multipart installation will feature complimentary metal pine cones on the opposite end of the roundabout.