Date set for Redevelopment Authority open house

Residents can get answers about blight district
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The Shawano Redevelopment Authority will host an open house on Aug. 30 to give the public an opportunity to ask questions about the impact of a blight elimination district recently approved by the Common Council.

The open house will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. at City Hall, 127 S. Sawyer St.

The council unanimously approved the boundaries for the RDA district earlier this month, but some property owners continue to have questions and concerns about what being located in the district will mean for their properties.

The RDA district roughly follows the contours of Tax Incremental Finance districts already designated for blight elimination along Main Street from the Wolf River bridge on the north to Wescott Avenue on the south, and along Green Bay Street from Main Street on the west to Rusch Road on the east.

There are 391 properties within the boundaries of the RDA district. Just over half of them are considered blighted or in need of redevelopment.

The RDA will develop a project plan for addressing blighted properties in the district.

City officials said the open house is the first step in getting public input on that plan before it goes to the Common Council for approval.

A public hearing will also be held at some point.