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It’s time to give downtown Antigo some tender loving care.

That’s the focus of the Doing More Together evening, hosted by CoVantage Credit Union and Antigo First.

The evening, billed as a working session, will take place Thursday beginning at 5:15 p.m. in the community room located on lower level on CoVantage’s main office at Sixth Avenue and Clermont Street.

Antigo First, an organization of largely downtown businesses, has been working with city officials and experts from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation on ways to reinvent the community’s core, which has gone through a series of evolutions since the community’s founding in the late 1800s.

Thursday’s session will open with remarks by CoVantage CEO Charlie Zanayed, who will discuss the credit union’s choice to rebuild its headquarters in the heart of the city and its impact on the downtown corridor.

Zanayed said CoVantage always takes an active interest in the communities it serves.

We have an obligation to the communities we serve and especially Antigo, where we were founded, Zanayed said.

After his remarks, Darrin Wasniewski of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation will facilitate discussion on what can we do and what should we do.

Roseann Hoffman of Antigo First said the session is designed to create actions, not just another ream of planning documents.

When you come, you’re going to be asked to put your name down, Hoffman said, stressing that participants must be willing to commit time, skills and money in order to make the downtown grow and prosper.

Plans will be formulated based on the mix of people attending and their range of time and talents, she said. We have to be realistic and determine what we can do.

The evolution of Antigo’s downtown is similar to that of many communities. It started as the heart of the community, at a time when the city limits reached only as far as North Avenue.

Downtown then saw an exodus of businesses amidst a changing retailing climate that brought development of the city’s north side.

Some signs of reinvention are evident, including the continued presence of CoVantage and other financial and business institutions, entertainment and dining venues, and some retailing. Antigo is also attempting to draw people downtown through venues such as the Langlade County Historical Society Museum and its 440 steam locomotive and the Peaceful Valley complex which includes a festival grounds, pavilion and park.
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This photograph offers a field day for Antigo historians. With a meeting set Thursday evening in the future of downtown, this was taken during the day when there was nothing north of North Avenue, it was all within a short ride or a walk. If you are looking to find buildings and locations, good luck. The starting point is the large lighter-colored building at the main intersection, now Chase Bank. Two blocks west, or up, is the white Montgomery Ward store and near the top, Athletic Park. The baseball stadium is still there and it is where the football stadium has been built yet, and that happened just over 75 years ago. The picture was likely taken by Clarence Toburen, a pilot and professional photographer.

Downtown Antigo to be topic of meeting Thursday at CoVantage
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It’s time to give downtown Antigo some tender loving care.

That’s the focus of the Doing More Together evening, hosted by CoVantage Credit Union and Antigo First.

The evening, billed as a working session, will take place Thursday beginning at 5:15 p.m. in the community room located on lower level on CoVantage’s main office at Sixth Avenue and Clermont Street.

Antigo First, an organization of largely downtown businesses, has been working with city officials and experts from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation on ways to reinvent the community’s core, which has gone through a series of evolutions since the community’s founding in the late 1800s.

Thursday’s session will open with remarks by CoVantage CEO Charlie Zanayed, who will discuss the credit union’s choice to rebuild its headquarters in the heart of the city and its impact on the downtown corridor.

Zanayed said CoVantage always takes an active interest in the communities it serves.

We have an obligation to the communities we serve and especially Antigo, where we were founded, Zanayed said.

After his remarks, Darrin Wasniewski of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation will facilitate discussion on what can we do and what should we do.

Roseann Hoffman of Antigo First said the session is designed to create actions, not just another ream of planning documents.

When you come, you’re going to be asked to put your name down, Hoffman said, stressing that participants must be willing to commit time, skills and money in order to make the downtown grow and prosper.

Plans will be formulated based on the mix of people attending and their range of time and talents, she said. We have to be realistic and determine what we can do.

The evolution of Antigo’s downtown is similar to that of many communities. It started as the heart of the community, at a time when the city limits reached only as far as North Avenue.

Downtown then saw an exodus of businesses amidst a changing retailing climate that brought development of the city’s north side.

Some signs of reinvention are evident, including the continued presence of CoVantage and other financial and business institutions, entertainment and dining venues, and some retailing. Antigo is also attempting to draw people downtown through venues such as the Langlade County Historical Society Museum and its 440 steam locomotive and the Peaceful Valley complex which includes a festival grounds, pavilion and park.
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This photograph offers a field day for Antigo historians. With a meeting set Thursday evening in the future of downtown, this was taken during the day when there was nothing north of North Avenue, it was all within a short ride or a walk. If you are looking to find buildings and locations, good luck. The starting point is the large lighter-colored building at the main intersection, now Chase Bank. Two blocks west, or up, is the white Montgomery Ward store and near the top, Athletic Park. The baseball stadium is still there and it is where the football stadium has been built yet, and that happened just over 75 years ago. The picture was likely taken by Clarence Toburen, a pilot and professional photographer.
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