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Three Options Given For OC Highway Dept. Site

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Oneida county is weighing an offer from Kwik-Trip to purchase the county shops on Rhinelander's west side for a private development. The county is  weighing different  options, including renovating the current facility or building a new plant off the Highway 8 bypass.

A Milwaukee based firm, Barrientos Design and Consulting, has worked up three draft options, two for the 14 acre site on Kemp Street and a third for a new facility. Kwik Trip would like the current county shop as a  prime location  for a convenience store development with plans toward using the other acreage for more development.

County Board Chair David Hintz gives the options...

".....the first option would be extensive renovation, making (the shops) a current, modern facility. The second option was a more modest upgrading of the facility, with the third option building a new facility to meet our needs on a new site...."

The first option  would cost $7.7 million dollars. The second option would be less extensive, fixing urgent needs and costing $3.5 million dollars. Option 3 would construct a new facility and cost $13.8 million dollars.

Kwik-Trip officials offered  the county  $2.3 million dollars for the site. They have agreed to give the county until May 1 to make a decision. The county board will likely hear the options in March.

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