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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.

Water Council celebrates 15 years of impact

MILWAUKEE, WIS. The Water Council, a global water technology hub sprung from the water industry assets of the greater Milwaukee region, is celebrating its 15th anniversary of action, economic development, and global impact. In this video founding president and CEO Dean Amhaus remarks on Water Council history, major milestones and future. In so doing he gives a nod to the foundational Milwaukee 7 economic asset analysis done by the Vandewalle & Associates team.

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Hancock County plan wins APA award

MUNCIE, IN (excerpts from Greenfield Reporter) — Hancock County and the City of Greenfield each scored a big win at the American Planning Association’s spring conference in Muncie.

The Indiana Chapter of the APA hosted the event at the Ball State University Alumni Center, honoring professional planners and other city and county officials who have excelled in planning for success in communities throughout the state.

Hancock County’s planning director, Kayla Brooks, accepted the award for the county’s 2024 comprehensive plan, which was facilitated by Wisconsin-based Vandewalle & Associates.

A video of the APA Awards can be found here.

Madison advances Sustainability Campus to divert waste, create local circular economies

DANE COUNTY, WISC. (excerpts from – With less than 5 years of landfill space remaining at Dane County’s Rodefeld Landfill, the county has an opportunity to create an innovative plan for its future waste stream.   

A vision has been developed for this site on the East Side of Madison that includes development of a sustainable business park or “Sustainability Campus” to divert waste and create local circular economies. 

This will be accomplished by attracting reuse, repair, and recycling businesses; new waste management technologies; and research.

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Kewauskum announces draft of Downtown Revitalization Plan

KEWASKUM — (excerpts from The Village of Kewauskum recently held an open house in the Kewaskum Municipal Annex Building for residents to learn the third draft of the Downtown Revitalization Plan (DRP), hear updates on the new Kewaskum Municipal Building (which was covered in the Jan. 4 Daily News) and share their thoughts about the projects, specifically the DRP, with village representatives and associates from Vandewalle & Associates.

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Next Steps for Next Generation Housing in Washington County

JACKSON, WISCONSIN – The Vandewalle & Associates team has been hard at work implementing the Washington County Next Generation Housing (NGH) Initiative’s pilot development in the Village of Jackson in partnership with Village and County leaders.

Aimed at leveraging a novel funding structure to provide 1,000 new-construction, owner-occupied housing units to address workforce housing needs throughout Washington County by 2032, the NGH initiative will seek to ensure that 75% of the program’s housing units are sold for no more than $320,00 and that 100% are sold for no more than $420,000.

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Madison Johnson-Broom Student Housing Project Receives First Approvals

MADISON, WISCONSIN – (with excerpt from The Cap Times) – The Madison Plan Commission voted unanimously to support a proposal from nationally known student-housing developer Core Spaces to build the 465-unit student housing development near the University of Wisconsin campus. Vandewalle and Associates’ Brian Munson played a significant role in partnership with Core Spaces in getting the project through its first Plan Commission approval, from site selection and lot consolidation to refining the project’s funding structure and procedures.

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Manitowoc Moves to Acquire Catalytic Mall Redevelopment Site

MANITOWOC, WISCONSIN – (excerpt from the Herald Times Reporter): City leaders took a step towards acquiring the former Lakeshore Edgewater Plaza Mall, after recently ruling the site, which overlooks Lake Michigan, a blighted area.

The former Edgewater Plaza Mall was recognized and emphasized within the City’s recent 2023 Comprehensive Plan Update created by Vandewalle & Associates as a key catalytic development opportunity.

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V&A adds panelist to Walworth Co. Housing Summit

WALWORTH COUNTY, WI – V&A planner Sonja Kruesel was a panelist at the Walworth County Housing Summit in late September, held at the Abbey Resort. The aim of the summit was to start a county-wide discussion about challenges and potential solutions to the housing shortage. It also marked the start of a 12-month initiative led by WCEDA, and funded by Walworth County, to work with municipalities that want to facilitate housing development in their respective communities. Follow this link for more details on the summit and on the housing program.

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Cedar River Experience Economic Development

CEDAR FALLS TO WATERLOO, IOWA: Cedar Falls and Waterloo are coming together to celebrate what unites the valley geographically and economically–the Cedar River, its trail system, and its downtown public spaces.

Last year INRCOG released its proposal for the “Cedar Valley River Experience”–developed with the help of economic development and planning consultant Vandewalle & Associates.

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Dane County Sustainability Campus open house set for August 5

The Dane County Department of Waste & Renewables, Vandewalle & Associates, and other project partners are inviting members of the public to the first interactive workshop on the Sustainability Campus on Saturday, August 5th from 11:30-2:30 pm.

This workshop is being held specifically for neighbors and others located closest to the Campus developments.

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