Platteville, Wisconsin’s downtown library construction project received statewide recognition at the Wisconsin Main Street Awards.
National Construction client Platteville Public Library was recognized as a Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) best downtown revitalization project of 2017 this spring. The library construction project was awarded the Best Public-Private Partnership at the Wisconsin Main Street Awards ceremony.
Wisconsin Main Street is a community development program administered by WEDC that targets Wisconsin’s historic commercial districts. WEDC provides technical support and training to the 33 Main Street communities to help them revitalize their business districts based on guidelines developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
“We are proud to be part of the growth of organizations that are central to their communities,” said Jeff Grundahl, owner of National Construction. “We’re thrilled to see our clients recognized at a statewide level, and we’re honored to play a part in the revitalization of our great state’s Main Streets.”
The library is part of the $16.2 million Platteville Library Block project, which also includes the Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program (SWCAP) Neighborhood Health Partners clinic and a Holiday Inn Express (which adjoins the library), all built by National Construction. Along with City of Platteville tax-increment financing, Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) and Forward Community Investments new market tax credits, a developer specializing in hotel and real estate development funded the project.
The library construction project began with the demolition of more than six existing buildings – single-family homes, high-rise apartments, SWCAP’s original clinic, and a business. The new facility doubled the library’s square footage and weekly visitors, enabled expanded programming and community resources, and anchors planned downtown development. The expanded facility also offers study and meeting space for UW-Platteville students and faculty, strengthening the relationship between the two prominent city entities.
The project also received a 2017 Community and Economic Development Award (CEDA) in the Public-Private Partnership category last fall.