Affordable housing tops list of ideas for Appleton’s COVID-19 aid

Nathan Law

APPLETON – Advocates for affordable housing, early childhood programs and mental health services lobbied city officials this week for a share of the nearly $15 million in COVID-19 aid that Appleton will receive through the American Rescue Plan Act. Other community members requested the money be used to support the tourism […]

American Rescue Plan Act

APPLETON – Advocates for affordable housing, early childhood programs and mental health services lobbied city officials this week for a share of the nearly $15 million in COVID-19 aid that Appleton will receive through the American Rescue Plan Act.

Other community members requested the money be used to support the tourism industry, Fox Cities Exhibition Center, Thompson Center on Lourdes and Harbor House Domestic Abuse Program, all of which were negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Downtown businessman David Oliver recommended Appleton use the funds to reconfigure College Avenue from a four-lane street to a two-lane street with bicycle lanes to improve safety, reduce noise pollution and eliminate drag racing.

“I know this would be a heavy lift and probably isn’t going to happen,” said Oliver, owner of Mondo! Wine Bar & Retail, “but I would love to see something like that.”

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