Tag Archives: Building Blocks

BUILDING BLOCKS: Renovation of 310W

(Photo courtesy of Time Equities)

The building, originally The Blue and Reuss Federal Plaza, was built to house various government offices and private tenants but, over time, came to be about 75% vacant. The property was bought in 2017 for $19.5 million by Time Equities, which quickly move forward with plans to turn it into a class-A office and retail building.

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BUILDING BLOCKS: Community First Champion Center

(Rendering courtesy of Performa Architects + Engineers)

The Community First Champion Center was backed by 10 cities and villages in the Fox Valley and is meant to draw tourists to that part of the state. It has an ice rink with seating for 1,000 people, a fieldhouse with four basketball courts or eight volleyball courts and seating for 800 people and a seasonal arena that can be used as an ice rink or as four basketball or six volleyball courts.

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BUILDING BLOCKS: Renovation of the AL. Ringling Mansion Ballroom

(Model courtesy of the Al. Ringling Mansion)

The mansion’s ballroom – which dates to 1948, is big enough for 300 people and has a six-lane bowling alley – is being turned into a brewpub. The featured beer served there will be made according to a recipe discovered in a small box hidden under part of the mansion’s floor. The brewpub will also have a seven-barrel brewhouse, a 40-foot-long bar and a taproom.

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