Beaver Dam will look at proposals for Lakeview Hospital building

October 6, 2018

The saga of the Lakeview Hospital may soon be reaching an end.

The city’s plan commission and community development committee on Tuesday will look at proposals surrounding the property owned by Beaver Dam Community Hospital, where a vacant building has sat for years at 208 LaCrosse St. The plan commission will review a development agreement for the property with JCW Development, a firm associated with Ben Westra, the president of WDS Construction.

The plan commission will also look at a proposal to sell the former site of the Third Street apartments, 600 W. Third St., to JCW. The apartments were destroyed in a fire earlier this year and the previous owner gave the land to the city for $1. JCW also bought the property between the Lakeview parcel and the Third Street parcel, where the historic McClure House stands.

Further details about the proposals (costs, what is to be developed and so on) were not immediately available. The commission and committee will be discussing the ideas in open session at the Tuesday meeting.

Also on Tuesday, the plan commission will discuss an offer to purchase the site of a former dry cleaning business at 111 W. Maple Avenue, next to the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre’s soon-to-be-opened new location.

City officials have been working behind the scenes to figure out what to do with the vacant Lakeview Hospital building and push forward with development. The property cycled through owners with plans that never came to fruition before it landed back in the hospital’s hands in 2016.

If the proposals are accepted, they will be forwarded to the Common Council for final approval at its Oct. 15 meeting.

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