Tuesdays with the Mayor: A weekly update with 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 new plans that could come to the Fox Theater, the upcoming deadline for property taxes, and more.
Finance committee moves Fox Theater Development forward
On Aug. 10, Finance Committee members approved plans detailing Wildcard’s proposed redevelopment of the Fox Theater on Main Street.
“If the council approves it, the timeline should be on track, and this place will be operational next year,” Wiza said.
Wildcard’s reimagining of the Fox would include an outdoor “Biergarten” event space and balcony. The interior will feature two stories of event space available to rent for private and public occasions.
“Before, if someone wanted to have a conference downtown, there was no space large enough in the area,” Wiza explained. “With Wildcard’s proposal, it’s literally an event space. This won’t be just another bar. It’s effectively a new event space for use in the downtown area. I see wedding receptions there, business conferences, and other things that will bring people downtown.”
Wildcard reported a roughly $525,000 price point for the renovations.
They also plan to work with the city to apply for a Facade Improvement Grant.
Wiza noted the city would release the property to Wildcard for $1; similarly, the city purchased the property for $1 from Fox on Main, LLC in November 2019.
A packet detailing the development and plans for the Fox Theater will be available on the city’s website.
Common Council will make a final decision on the plans on Aug. 17.
City property taxes due Oct. 1
Wiza noted that city residents have until Oct. 1 to pay their property taxes without incurring a penalty fee.
The date was extended in April to help locals deal with the surging COVID-19 virus and the shutdowns.
“We don’t want anyone to get a penalty, but we want to remind people that if you don’t pay, there’s not much we can do about it,” Wiza said.
For more information on city property taxes, visit: https://stevenspoint.com/291/Property-Taxes.
Photos wanted for city’s 2021 budget cover
The city treasurer’s office announced that it is seeking a photo from the public to showcase the Stevens Point cityscape. Residents should send their high-resolution submissions to [email protected]
Submissions should be shot in portrait mode and can be focused on anything Stevens Point related.
“It’s another small cool way to get people involved in local government,” Wiza said. “And who knows, maybe it will get some people to look at the cover, and then look in a couple of pages and see where the city is spending its money.”
The winner of the contest will have their photo featured on the 2021 Budget cover.