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Dubuque's Millwork District plans finalized

DUBUQUE (KWWL) - A finalized plan is set for Dubuque's historic Millwork District - formally, the Warehouse District. The re-development of the area is part of the city's Envision 2010 project. But the revitalization is welcoming new business to town by turning old into new.

Deep within the bricks of several brick buildings in Dubuque lay years of history and heritage.

"It adds so much to the sense of place in Dubuque, the heritage that we have here, being connected to our history," said Sustainability Coordinator, Sheila Samuelson.

Since 2006 the city formed a master plan for revitalization of the once Warehouse District; that plan was approved in february. The Warehouse District will be renamed the Millwork District. It's a name that has as much significance as the road it's paved on.

"There were 12 millworking businesses down here at one time and there was a lot of dust and commotion and a lot of activity down here and we want to preserve that," said Assistant Economic Development Director, Aaron DeJong.

It's preserving history while remaining sustainable.

"Reusing buildings and infrastructure that are perfectly good but they just need a little work and some rehabbed," said Samuelson.

The master plan will look at the infrastructure, dating back to the 1800's, and revamp, remodel and revitalize the district.

"I think it makes it a little bit more enticing that we've got a good mix of quality housing," said Samuelson.

It's a mix that attracted IBM to Dubuque, another reason the project is moving forward.

"People that don't want that single family housing with a yard and a dog, it's the american dream. So we took them to the millwork district and they said okay when's this gonna be done?" said DeJong.

The master plan called for three to five years, that process has sped up.

"We are ramping up and hopefully we'll see some action yet this year," said DeJong.

Action that will combine the old with the new, and keep history alive. The city hopes to have 200 housing units and 100-thousand square feet of office space within two years.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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