The East Riverfront Redevelopment started as a vision to reclaim key waterfront property; the city began to acquire the brownfield sites of former industrial buildings, old feed mills, and warehouses across approximately 16 acres of property just north of downtown. The effort grew into the most extensively planned project in Wausau’s history, and includes acquisition, environmental remediation, and planning for the redevelopment of the area in the heart of Wausau.
Miron’s efforts focused on the rehabilitation of the Wausau Riverfront on the contaminated site of a former feed mill. Embankments were cleared of trees and brush, shoreline rip rap stone was added to stabilize the shoreline and create a new slope, allowing gradual pedestrian access down to the river. The area consists of the Adirondack Plaza patio with high-end stone finishes, lighting, seating, and a gas fire pit. Concrete sidewalks, blacktop, and landscaping were also installed. An 80-foot-long steel pedestrian bridge was added to connect the walking trail from the south side of the water channel to the north, and a new wharf area was created to accommodate boat docks and kayak launches. Phase II will include the construction of restrooms, more shoreline rehabilitation and trails, and playground and exercise equipment.