An Oshkosh district is seeing new life.
The 120-year old Miles Kimball building is now under new ownership and the new owners have big plans for the space that will help revitalize the so-called sawdust district.
“It’s certainly been a district that’s been going through a transition for a long long time. We’ve been at this in Oshkosh for decades,” says Rob Kleman with Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce.
Kimball was purchased by Bridgeview holdings LLC.
Bridgeview wants to utilize the building for commercial business like cafes.
“The previous owner was going to do residential and I think both of them have a good chance of being very successful because it’s a great location there at the intersection of ninth and Main,” says Allen Davis with Oshkosh Community Development.
The top and fourth floor could possibly be occupied by Oracular, an area I-T company.
“That key tenant secured Oracular, is a part of that building that will drive more development,” says Kleman. “From a tech perspective we would see the potential for more technology businesses to be located within that facility.”
But Oshkosh isn’t stopping there.
they have a long list of projects to keep the revitalization ball rolling.
“Most of the projects have been projects that are employment-based so we’ve had a lot of office and retail businesses,” says Davis. “The Granary was redeveloped just this last year which is just a block north of this property. We’ve had some office buildings that have been rehabbed in the recent past, so we suspect that will continue in this district.”