Improvements Planned for Former City Hall Plaza

Owner Shares Vision for Space

Marshfield, WI (OnFocus) The former City Hall building at 630 S. Central Ave. will continue to be a retail and office space, according to its new owner.

The plaza was first constructed in 1926 with additional stories added over the decades, serving as City Hall from 1989 until fall 2018, when City operations moved across the street to the former Forward Financial building.

David Steinle of DC Steinle Inc. officially acquired the building and its tenants after finalizing the sale with the City of Marshfield in early May. His priority will be to continue renting out space, half of which has already been filled or spoken for.

“We’re just trying to fill the building up with good tenants and provide them a good environment,” he said. “At our other properties, we stay on top of maintenance and groundskeeping and cleanliness. That’s what I like to see when I walk into anyone’s property, let alone our own.”

The building facade, landscaping, and signage will undergo aesthetic improvements, and the HVAC system will be updated. A few years down the road, larger updates may include the parking lot and replacement of the basement air handler.

Otherwise, everything is pretty much rentable and ready to go, he said.

Plaza indoor tennis court

The 5th or 7th floors could become multi-tenant office spaces with a shared staff. Each floor is about 6,000 square feet with tenants expressing the most interest in smaller spaces around 1,000 square feet, or else for large spaces.

Stairwell murals painted by local artists will remain intact. The indoor tennis and racquetball courts, leased by the Marshfield Tennis Association, are still available for public use through the Parks & Recreation department.

Steinle envisions the offices above the court, which once housed the Parks department before its relocation to the 2nd Street Community Center in late 2017, could be converted into a small gym facility, a pairing he has seen done in other cities.

The building currently houses a diverse range of tenants, including the City communications department, Wood County services, a pharmacy, nail salon, massage parlor, florist, and private healthcare.

The roof remains a hub for communications in the city with numerous cell towers and radio towers for both the Wood and Marathon County sheriff’s department.

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