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"Backstage at the Meyer" project begins with Breakthrough Fuel going to 2nd floor


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A new second-floor tenant has signed on to be a part of the new "Backstage at the Meyer" project in downtown Green Bay.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Friday at the former Daily Planet Restaurant, where the project will go next door to the Meyer Theatre.

The first floor will include an entertainment venue.

“There will be a small performance stage. There will be a meeting area and breakout space. It will be the perfect area for an intermission at a Meyer Theatre Show or for a pre-show event,” Jeff Mirkes, Meyer Theatre board president, told FOX 11.

The second floor will include additional office space for Breakthrough Fuel. It helps other companies reduce their fuel cost, consumption, and emissions.

“We think culturally it fits very well for the type of people we attract which is really knowledge workers, bright talented people that like the downtown Green Bay area,” Doug Mueller, Breakthrough Fuel president, told FOX 11.

Breakthrough Fuel chose to expand there because the two buildings are in walking distance.

The 6,200 square foot area will include open and individual workspaces for about 30 people. There will also be a rooftop deck with a view of the downtown district.

Construction is expected to finish by February 14. The expansion will also include maintenance and improvements to the theatre.

The construction project has an estimated cost of $3 million. Much of that money has been donated as a part of the theatre’s $4.5 million capital campaign.

(Additional reporting from FOX 11).