SUN PRAIRIE (WKOW) — A big question a lot of people are asking is what’s going to be built at the explosion site.
While a definitive answer is yet to be determined, plans are in the works.
The property is privately owned, but the city will have some influence because of how expensive it will be to rebuild.
Sun Prairie Mayor Paul Esser said the city is working with a planning firm out of Chicago, the Lakota Group, to talk to the community about what they would like to see in that spot.
Esser suggested the possibility for an entertainment district. “We can’t design what goes in there looking backwards, we have to look forward,” he said.
There’s also a discussion about what to do with the Old City Hall across the street from the explosion site. That is private property as well.
Alder Steve Stocker told 27 News that developers have been wanting to restore and re-purpose the space, but now they have another task on their hands because that building also took a major hit from the explosion.
“People say the entire roof, when the explosion happened due to the pressure change when the explosion happened, lifted the roof off and moved it an additional six inches,” Stocker said. “This building probably saved a number of buildings downstream from it.”
Whatever the fate is for these locations, city officials said the buildings will be consistent with the look of historic downtown Sun Prairie.