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Dubuque cuts ribbon on historic revitalization


Dubuque celebrated a benchmark in economic development and downtown revitalization Friday afternoon. A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the opening of the CARADCO Building in Dubuque's Historic Millwork District.

Construction began on this $29 million project about 15 months ago.

Developers John and Mary Gronen of Gronen Restoration said at the ceremony the renovation created 482 jobs, 85 percent of which were local.

In 2005, as part of the Envision 2010 initiative, Dubuque officials prioritized the revitalization of the Historic Millwork District into a vibrant downtown neighborhood.

"There were those who considered this building, and those like it, an eyesore. A lifeless shell. A deteriorating reminder of the past," Dubuque mayor Roy Buol said to the crowd of about 200 people. "Well, that may have been the prevailing view in another community. It's not so in Dubuque."

The building, once complete, will house apartments plus space for retail and the arts.

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