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Kimberly residents to see master plan for former NewPage mill next week


KIMBERLY, WI (WTAQ) - We could learn next week what the future holds for the former NewPage paper mill site in Kimberly.

A master plan will be unveiled for the 98-acre property on Thursday November 14, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Mapleview Intermediate School.

"It takes into account all of the information that was received from the public," says Village of Kimberly administrator Adam Hammatt. "And also a market analysis on the area to see what is going to be viable."

The village worked closely with East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, Stadtmueller & Associates and AIM Management to create this proposal that will provide a long-term vision for the property.

"Definitely having something on paper that people can get excited about is a giant leap forward," says Hammatt. "This is the kind of thing that can generate momentum for development, and we're hoping it does just that."

It appears the site will feature a new residential and mixed-use neighborhood, with both private and public investment.

"It's going to end up being a beautiful site as there's almost a mile of river frontage," says Hammatt. "So I think it's going to be a place where developers are gonna want to be because I think it's going to be a place people are going to want to be."

Construction could begin as early as next year after demolition is completed.

The NewPage paper mill shut down in September 2008, putting about 600 people out of work. Then in 2011, New North Inc. and village leaders signed a deal with Forest Resources to re-open the mill. But that firm pulled out. It ended up being acquired by Montreal-based American Iron & Metal Co.