A Partially Abandoned Mall Is Transformed into a Community-focused, Multi-generational Facility

Posted on Nov 9, 2021 by Community

What began as a desire to expand, enhance and provide facilities that are more efficient for members of the John E. Alexander South Wood County YMCA, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., ultimately resulted in a much broader catalytic project driven by the YMCA’s mission to support the health and wellness needs of the greater south Wood County region.

Through the planning process, the Y evaluated and explored numerous partnering opportunities, ultimately determining that partnering with the Boys & Girls Club of the Wisconsin Rapids Area would result in the community’s largest provider of youth development services. The YMCA also collaborated with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs to develop a community-focused, multi-generational facility. The project team, including Zimmerman Architectural Studios Inc., identified and generated plans for an adaptive reuse of a failing, partially vacant and centrally located municipal mall property, further enhancing the value of the project in the community.

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