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Green Bay city planners looking at makeover of University Avenue


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Green Bay city leaders are planning five public meetings to talk about the future of the University Avenue corridor.

City planners will create a vision for the east side street for the next 30 to 40 years.

“The area has a little bit of mixed uses all over the place, so we wanted to take this opportunity to create a cohesive vision from the University all the way downtown, so you can see it runs the entire length of the street,” Dan Lindstrom with the Green Bay Planning Department tells FOX 11.

Lindstrom says the plan is for redevelopment, not street construction. One of the goals is too fill a growing number of empty storefronts.

“What we've seen throughout the United States and Green Bay is no exception, over the past couple decades, suburban development plans have shifted and as a result we've seen once vital corridors and vibrant corridors start to thin out a little bit,” said Lindstrom.

The catalyst for change could be the Veterans Administration Clinic set to open this summer. It will add 250 jobs and could serve up to 20,000 veterans a year.

The first public meeting is next Thursday at Nicolet Elementary School from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.