By Ted Pennekamp
Steps are underway to have the main building on the former Wyalusing Academy property developed into a 40-unit apartment building.
In 2014, River to Valley Initiatives, Inc., (RVI) a non-profit corporation based in Prairie du Chien, was selected by the former property owner, Clinicare of West Allis, Wis., to develop the property to be a positive and sustainable entity. The directive was to preserve the historical integrity of the property and save it from demolition, while preserving the tax base. The strategy was to proceed with marketing to find a quality development partner while meeting RVI’s IRS mission under 501 ( C ) 3. The property was officially donated to RVI in July of 2015.
RVI has now secured a partnership with Commonwealth Development of Fond du Lac, Wis., for the historic renovation and adaptive reuse of the property.