Mountain Bay Depot gets new tenant

City to spend $24K renovating the building

The Shawano Common Council approved renovations and a lease agreement Wednesday for a possible new tenant at the Mountain Bay Depot, the former home of Mountain Bay Outfitters.

The potential new tenant has not been disclosed, but, according to the city resolution, the tenant would be “a retail and service business intended to improve health and wellness, promote outdoor activities, teach healthy eating habits, and provide other services for personal improvement.”

Before that tenant moves in, however, the city will make up to $24,000 in improvements to the building, with funds coming from the city’s Tax Incremental District 4, which was established to address blight elimination.

Improvements to the building at 620 S. Main St. will include an upgraded air conditioning system, new windows, paint/stain and new garage doors.

TIF districts are areas where municipalities invest in infrastructure, such as sewer and water, to attract development where it might not otherwise occur, or to make improvements, such as eliminating blight.

Whatever increase in tax revenue that results from development in those districts goes to paying back the debt the municipality incurred from making improvements to the district.

“I think it’s going to be a plus bringing this building back in use again and having a viable business back in that building,” said Mayor Ed Whealon. “I’m very excited about that.”

City Administrator Eddie Sheppard told the council the renovations were necessary to get the city-owned building up and running no matter who the tenant is.

“It just so happens we’re also fortunate enough to have a potential tenant to move in now, but these are things we were going to work on with anyone who wanted to be in there year-round that would need to be taken care of,” he said.

Prior to the meeting, Sheppard told the Leader that the tentative tenant was “not fully wanting to disclose their name at this point.”

He said the use fits in well with the city’s Mountain Bay Trail, though it will not be a business that involves retail biking or tubing.

Sheppard said the building was currently not equipped to be a year-round rental, but the renovations would address that.

The yearly lease approved by the council calls for the tenant to pay $550 a month in rent beginning April 15.