GREEN BAY - About 30 area realtors boarded a coach bus Wednesday to take tours of Green Bay’s neighborhoods.
Their tour guide? Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt. And one of their stops was in the Whitney Park neighborhood.
Here, the realtors are getting a look at Garritt Bader's Townhomes project.
Construction workers are nearly finished framing out its first phase. The three-unit building broke ground just one month ago.
It's part of the city's efforts to redevelop and reuse Green Bay's core downtown area.
"It's really designed to – so you can make this your space and enjoy sitting here, you're looking out at this beautiful park," explained Bader as he gave a tour of one of the corner units.
Situated across from Whitney Park, Bader says the project is taking an underutilized downtown neighborhood and creating something new, from the ground up.
"You're bringing in new home buyers that want to live here and redevelop the neighborhood and be a part of that from day one," said Bader.
Each townhome will have three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, an attached two-and-a-half car garage and full basement. Bader hopes to eventually build a total of nine row house-type townhomes on North Van Buren Street, between Pine and Main Streets.
And city leaders say another project in the works is only aiding the development in the area. The New Leaf cooperative market is slated to be built just down the block. It released its preliminary site footprint plan Wednesday morning.
“As some of those projects become reality, confidence keeps building," said Jeff Mirkes, executive director with Downtown Green Bay, Inc.
Mirkes says just knowing construction is slated to start in the spring on the New Leaf Cooperative market, will help spur new residential options—for a mix of demographics.
"We've always said we need a wide variety of housing stock in the downtown,” said Mirkes. “It can't all be apartments, it can't all be condos."
Bader says the expected total project cost is about $1.2 million, with about $200,000 coming from the city.
This phase is expected to be completed by October 1. Two of the three units are already occupied – one by Bader himself. He says construction on the second phase could start as early as this fall.
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