Archives May 2024

Eau Claire mall plan suggests development alternatives

EAU CLAIRE, WIS. (WITH EXCERPTS FROM LEADERSTELEGRAM.COM) — A study done by Vandewalle & Associates, Inc. gave the city a plan on what could possibly be developed with the Oakwood Mall.

Oakwood Mall has been a place people could go to for nearly 40 years. In a time when people are going less and less to malls, the City of Eau Claire was presented a study for potential developments that could update the mall and use more of its space.

Vandewalle & Associates has previously worked with Eau Claire creating a concept for the redevelopment of the Eau Claire Cannery District, said White. To create ideas for mall development, the team went through its process, which included meeting with people who owned the mall and surrounding properties, touring the location, and drawing from their own experience of redeveloping malls.

New soy sauce facility planned in Jefferson

JEFFERSON, WIS. (EXCERPTS FROM MADISON.COM) – The state EDA has approved up to $15.5 million in tax credits to help Kikkoman Foods Inc. expand its soy sauce-brewing plant in Walworth and to build a new facility in Jefferson.

Kikkoman, which first opened in Walworth in 1973, is expected to invest $800 million in the project that will create 83 jobs over 12 years, the governor’s office said in a news release.

Missy Hughes, secretary and CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. “Fifty years ago, Kikkoman made history by choosing Walworth, Wisconsin. Now (it is) opening a new chapter in that history by expanding its presence in Walworth and Jefferson.”

We have always valued Walworth for its great market access, outstanding workforce, central location for raw materials, pure water and the open-hearted spirit of partnership of the local community,” said Yuzaburo Mogi, honorary chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Kikkoman Corp., in the news release. “We chose Jefferson for those same reasons.

Groundbreaking for the initial phase of the 240,000-square-foot Jefferson facility will be in June. It will make soy sauce and soy sauce-related seasonings, including teriyaki sauce, with the first shipments of soy sauce planned for fall 2026. The planned brewing plant is expected to open in Jefferson by 2026.

Position posting: Assistant Planner – Zoning Specialist

This position can be based out of either Madison or Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Click here for full position description and details. Vandewalle & Associates is seeking an Assistant Planner who is interested in driving meaningful change across Wisconsin in the areas of zoning, day-to-day community planning housing, adaptive reuse, and local policy development. Join our guild of highly experienced principals and associates, while working with a wide diversity of communities ranging from small towns of a few thousand to cities of more than 50,000. You can send your application and cover to Business Manager Nonna Anderson.