Meyer Theatre breaks ground on expansion project

By Heather Sawaski, Local 5 News

Published 08/01 2014 05:25PM

Updated 08/01 2014 07:48PM

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - Construction is about to begin on a multi-million dollar project at the Meyer Theatre. Board members broke ground on "Backstage at the Meyer" in a ceremony Friday morning. The former Daily Planet building will be expanded and include an intimate stage setting and banquet facility.

"We're looking at possibly having this project completed in early February," explained Jeff Mirkes, board president. "We would love to shoot for February 14th, 2015. That's the 85th anniversary of the Meyer Theatre."

This is just the latest renovation project to ramp up in downtown Green Bay.

Doug Mueller said the decision to expand his business into the office space above the future "Backstage at the Meyer" building was a no-brainer.

"We think, culturally, it fits well for the type of people we attract," explained Mueller, president of Breakthrough Fuel. "which is really knowledge workers. Bright, talented people that like the downtown Green Bay area."

Add Breakthrough Fuel to the growing list of businesses gaining ground in the downtown.

"It's competitive out there," Mayor Jim Schmitt commented. "We compete with other cities in the state of Wisconsin and we compete with other cities outside the state of Wisconsin."

Mayor Schmitt said this area has a lot to offer. Schreiber Foods is wrapping up it's big redevelopment project which is bringing in roughly 700 jobs. Hundreds of new luxury apartment buildings are in the works. Across the river, Titletown Brewing Company is in the middle of a $5 million expansion project in the old Larsen Cannery. Announced earlier this week, the addition of a farm fresh public market to the building's first floor.

"It's an environment where people want to work and they also want to live and recreate and spend money," said Mayor Schmitt. "So we all win on this. So this city is finally getting to be where I think it should be."

"This fits very well as far as creativity for our technology and innovation center and allows for our next step in continuing to grow and serve our clients," added Mueller.

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