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Historic Millwork District attracts more people to Dubuque


Since 2007, the Dubuque City Council has made it a priority to bring the Historic Millwork District back to life. The area was listed as a priority after a 2006 announcement of the top 10 envisions for the city in 2010. One of those envisions was revitalizing the Historic Millwork District, also known as the Warehouse District. Tim McNamara is with the Wilmac Property Company. McNamara's company owns a couple of buildings in the Historic Millwork District. He says the buildings are one of a kind.

"You just can't build a building like that new...When you clean up the brick and the wood columns it makes for a beautiful space, really appealing." McNamara said.

After years of being underutilized, the Historic Millwork District is now home to many apartments, businesses and galleries. Nathan Greiner is owner of technology firm, Design Mill. The company is looking to relocate from their office in Elizabeth, Illinois. He said it was the Historic Millwork Districts vibe that attracted him to consider the area.

"The vibe, especially the ability to hire a talented young work force, Internet connectivity. There is fiber in the area as well as access to the universities." Greiner said.

Design Mill is a software based development company that specializes in 3-d modeling, electronic learning and mobile applications. The companies move to the Millwork District is depending on a pending approval of an $80,000 financial assistance package through a state economic development program. If the financial assistance package is approved, the company plans to hire more workers once moved into the space

"We will also be hiring 8-10 people once we get here." Greiner said.

Tim McNamara says it's the area's charm which attracts many.

"It's the real deal, I mean you look at this 100 year old limestone foundation and you can't find that anywhere else. Just the visual ascetics down here is very unique and people really like that." McNamara said.

Terri Buss is involved in art classes given at Matter. Creative Center in the Warehouse District. She say's she doesn't make it to the area often, but she enjoys its beauty when she is there.

"Even though I live in Dubuque, I don't come down here very often. So everything I do I am surprised at how much is different and changing and new...It's just beautiful." Buss said.

On Monday, the Dubuque City Council will hear plans about the future for the Millwork District.


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