July, 2016

RiverWalk Vignettes Project Awarded
At the July 18, 2016 Common Council Meeting the City of Wisconsin Dells approved awarding Michael’s Signs, Inc. the RiverWalk Vignette Construction project at the low bid of $195,530. The signs are expected to be completed in the fall of 2016.

Café Zones Project Awarded
At the July 18, 2016 Common Council Meeting the City of Wisconsin Dells approved awarding Café Zone Construction project to Pember Companies for the low base bid of $31,0968.85 plus Alternate 2 for $45,425 and Alternate #3 for $39,170 for work in the 200 block of Broadway. Construction is expected to be completed in time for the 2017 summer season.

April, 2016

City of Wisconsin Dells Common Council approved recommended name, Duchess Plaza, of the new Oak Street Plaza at the April 19, 2016 meeting. Approximately 35 submissions for the plaza naming contest were received by the city.

At the April 19, 2016 Common Council Meeting the City of Wisconsin Dells approved the BID recommendation for the District Block Color Program. Each Broadway city block will be branded and identified by its address (i.e. 100 block, 200 block, etc.) and a color.

The City of Wisconsin Dells Common Council approved the design and price quote submitted by Concept Attractions Art & Design for the Duchess Plaza (Oak Street Plaza) at its April 19, 2016 meeting. The city’s economic development PRT funds will fund this project.

January, 2016

The city of Wisconsin Dells approved the Design Review Committee recommended Dells River District/Downtown Design Standards at their January 18, 2016 meeting.  A PDF copy of the Standards can be found HERE.

December, 2015

Bruce Rodger and John Van Wie, from the Gregory C. Van Wie Charitable Foundation presented a donation to the city in the amount of $89,000 at the December 21, 2015 Common Council Meeting.  Funds are to be used for a new scoreboard at Veteran’s Park, Landscaping on Stand Rock Road, and for a water feature as part of the downtown revitalization project.

November, 2015

The Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau (WDVCB) and the Wisconsin Dells Business Improvement District (BID) announced a new web site partnership. Effective January 1, 2016 the WDVCB will take over hosting the content on the current downtown website (wisdellsdowntown.com) and incorporate it into wisdells.com. Businesses that are current members of the WDVCB, and located in the Wisconsin Dells BID, will automatically be added to this new section of wisdells.com as an “enhanced listing.” Businesses located in the BID that are not currently members of the WDVCB will be listed as a “basic listing.”

The Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau (WDVCB) engaged Roger Brooks to complete a Business Plan, to detail the financial feasibility and programming, for the recommended Public Market this past June.  Completion of this report, in November 2015, was the second of three steps in continuing to pursue a Public Market for the Dells River Arts District.  The last step will be to conduct as site analysis for exact location of the Public Market.  It is expected that this will likely be contracted for in the first half of 2016.

At its November 16, 2016 Council Meeting, the City of Wisconsin Dells approved the following contracts with MSA: 1) Riverwalk storytelling vignettes and entrance feature design and construction, funding by BID; 2) Design and construction of Broadway 200 and 500 block café zones, funding from City economic development funds; 3) Public plaza conceptual and schematic design, funding from City economic development funds; 4) Dells River Arts District final implementation plan and budgets, funding from City economic development funds; 5) Dells River Arts District design standards and sign ordinance technical assistance, funding from City economic development funds.

The City of Wisconsin Dells Common Council, at its November 16, 2016 meeting, voted to remove four parking stalls on the north side of the 500 block of Broadway and five parking stalls in the 200 block of Broadway (three on the north side and two on the south).  The removal of the stalls will enable café zones to be constructed.

October, 2015

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The City of Wisconsin Dells adopted the Dells River Arts District Logo created by Zebra Dog, Madison, at its October 19, 2015 meeting.  First introduced to interested parties at a public presentation by Zebra Dog on September 21, the logo, while focusing on the words RIVER ARTS, incorporates important downtown icons such as the train trestle, river and wooded areas.  A date for the official use of the logo has not yet been established.

The City of Wisconsin Dells, at its October 19, 2015 Common Council Meeting, approved a contract with Zebra Dog, Madison, for branding, graphic standards and temporary website work.  Funding for the project will come from the Business Improvement District’s budget.

August, 2015

Paid parking will now be enforced from April 1 through September 30 annually after approval by the Wisconsin Dells Common Council on August 17, 2015.  Also included in the approval was a 25% increase in parking rates, marketing of the “free parking” from October 1 through March 31 and a change in the enforcement times to 10 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. daily during the April 1 to September 30 time period.  Parking fees are set at $1.00 per hour or $5.00 for all day.

The CDA (Community Development Authority) approved $100,000 to be available for the façade improvement matching grant program.  This program offers matching grants up to $10,000.  Currently there is a moratorium on any new signs or canopies until design standards, to be established by the City’s Design Review Committee, are set.

July, 2015

The City of Wisconsin Dells creates Downtown Design Standards Review Committee charged with recommending downtown design standards and applying them to requests for signage, building, awnings, etc. in the downtown Wisconsin Dells area.

Tourism Economic Development Grant application is released.

June, 2015

Reconstruction of the 700 block of Oak Street completed. Highlights include flex parking spaces, testing of LED street lights and a railing from Broadway around the High Rock Café corner and onto Oak Street.

The WDVCB contracts with Roger Brooks to prepare a Public Market Business Plan in the next step in determining its viability. Plan is expected to be completed by October 1, 2015.