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RFP out for Watertown riverwalk development (UPDATE)

By Keith Barber

Riverwalk Plaza at 301 South Water Street, Watertown

You would expect nothing less from a city like Watertown.

Officials there are moving ahead with a plan to construct a riverwalk plaza along the Rock River in downtown. The structure will be built just north of the River Mill Senior Housing Complex on South Water Street.

A request for proposals has been issued for the project.

Features of the plan include a shaded structure to be used for various performances, both a fishing and mills history interpretive area, two overlook decks, a pathway bordered by a seating wall, and landscaping. The nearby hydropower plant will be incorporated in the design, and may feature lighting to accent the building.

The project is getting a jump start with a $500,000 grant from the state Department of Commerce. The grant requires the project to be completed by June 2011.

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Vandewalle & Associates Inc., Madison, has submitted designs to the city for approval. Construction is anticipated to begin this year.

This project will prove to be a real spike to downtown businesses and a great destination point for citizens. Investing in and taking advantage of the many waterways this community has to offer is a wise move on the city’s part.

After all, it is Watertown.

Keith Barber is a data reporter at The Daily Reporter. He can be reached at (414) 225-1821.

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