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Wisconsin DNR plans to empty Chapman Lake for project

Eau Claire (AP) — Workers plan to empty a northwestern Wisconsin lake so they can repair a dam and bridge.

The state Department of Natural Resources reported a complete drawdown of Chapman Lake in Stanley will take place over the next few weeks. Workers need to lower the water to work on the County Highway O bridge and the Stanley Mill Dam.

The lake will drop no more than six inches a day, allowing fish and other creatures to adjust. The DNR reported most of the fish will escape by moving up or downstream.

The project is set to begin sometime in late August. Refilling of the lake might not be done until spring 2011.

Chavlovich, longtime Boldt employee, dies

Stephen Chavlovich, who worked for The Boldt Co. for 37 years, died Wednesday at the age of 79.

Chavlovich joined Boldt, Appleton, in 1958 and retired as vice president-labor relations in 1995. He served in the U.S. Army from 1948 to 1951 and worked as a police officer in Sheboygan while attending Lakeland College.

Funeral services were held Monday in Appleton. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Emergency Shelter of the Fox Valley Inc.

Chavlovich is survived by his wife of 58 years, Marie; four children; seven grandchildren; and two sisters.

Rivianna apartment, hotel project gains committee approval

The proposed 15-story Rivianna apartment and hotel project in Milwaukee cleared a Common Council committee despite objections from one alderman.

The estimated $80 million project developed by Rivianna Development Group LLC, Milwaukee, would be on the south side of the Milwaukee River. Alderman Robert Bauman, who represents the Third Ward district on the opposite shore of the river, said the city should not approve the project until the city drafts a comprehensive plan for the area.

Alderman James Witkowiak, who represents the district on the south side, disagreed, saying his district should not be expected to conform to design requirements in the Third Ward.

Milwaukee’s Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee approved the project with a 3-1 vote, with Bauman casting the dissenting vote. The full Common Council is to consider the project during its July 28 meeting.

The project is expected to create 1,000 jobs and would comply with Milwaukee hiring and contracting requirements the city will begin to apply on its public contracts Aug. 8.

Leaky Modjeska Theater roof needs public support

The owners of the Modjeska Theater in Milwaukee are asking the city for a $228,110 grant because they can’t book shows until the leaky roof is fixed.

Building co-owners Mitchell Street Development Opportunities Corp. and Modjeska Theater Project LLC plan to spend an estimated $9 million renovating the building but can’t do the project until they fix the roof and begin making money from the theater and a restaurant in the structure. A restaurant in the building closed earlier this year on orders from the Milwaukee Department of Neighborhood Services because the heat vent is not up to code.

The proposed grant includes $151,000 for roof repairs and $35,000 to repair the heat vent in the vacant restaurant space. The grant also includes $42,110 to install solar panels, a solar water-heating system and a small wind turbine on the roof.

The city grant would come out of the tax-incremental financing district the city created in 2007 to support redevelopment projects around Historic Mitchell Street.

The grant gained approval from the city’s Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee on Tuesday. If the Common Council approves the grant July 28, the project could begin in late summer or early fall.

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