The Osceola Village Board along with federal and state senate office representatives take the shovels during the Discovery Center Groundbreaking Ceremony on June 27, 2017. Pictured: Wally Piszczek, Former Village Trustee; Rod Turner, Village Trustee; Carol Otto, Village Trustee; Deb Rose, Village Trustee; Gary Beckmann, Village President; Stephen Bjork, Village Trustee; Van Burch, Village Trustee; […]
Demolition of Osceola’s municipal building began June 7 and was complete the next day, marking the most visibly dramatic step taken thus far toward manifestation of the Mill Pond Discovery Center. The new building will house the village’s police department, administrative offices, public library and other commons areas.
The Osceola Village Board approved the purchase of the former Fullerton Lumber property last week, with the intent of re-purposing the site as a fire hall.
The current fire hall building, built in the mid 1940s, is seriously inadequate for modern day housing and operations of the fire department, according to Osceola Fire Chief Don Stark. A new building and/or temporary relocation options have often been explored, most recently as a part of the development of the new Village Hall/Discovery Center project.
Plans to demolish three buildings — making way for the Discovery Center — moved forward last Tuesday when the village board authorized staff and consultants to obtain quotes for demolition of Osceola’s village hall, fire hall and a publicly owned house.
A comprehensive study of the Osceola employment and business community comes with a strong recommendation to pursue a Fab Lab to help cultivate and prepare people for manufacturing careers in the area, according to the West Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, who completed the study.