Insight on Business

August 2015

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w w w . i n s i g h t o n b u s i n e s s . c o m A u g u s t 2 0 15 • I NSIGH T | 35 I N S I G H T O N E C O N O M I C D E V E L O P M E N T B y S e a n P. J o h n s o n T he lights definitely shine a little brighter on Broadway these days. Green Bay's Broadway district, once one of the most problem-plagued areas of Green Bay's downtown core, celebrated another milestone in a 30-year renaissance earlier this summer when New Town Redevelopment received approval to build the $5 million Barracks at Fort Howard, a mixed-use development featuring condominiums, retail and underground parking. In addition to adding much needed housing to the downtown area — the city has seen a surge of demand from empty-nesters and young professionals wanting to live downtown — the new building's construction caps a series of recent developments in the Broadway District, making it an urban area that's become a real draw. Perhaps no one is enjoying it more than Bill Bongle. "In 1995, the Broadway District was not a place you wanted to be," says Bongle, a retired Green Bay police officer who patrolled the area in the mid-1990s. "It was economically depressed and it was not uncommon to have shootings, stabbings or problems with prostitution. What people saw was people passed out on the street or in public spaces." At that time, the e bright lights of Broadway Recent projects further enhance Green Bay's urban renaissance C O U R T E S Y O F M E Y E R T H E AT R E [continued ] » The Meyer Theatre recently completed its Backstage at the Meyer project, a mix of performance and hospitality space for the theater, as well as second floor offices that have been occupied by Breakthrough Fuel.

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