By Jacob Mathias
Members of the Stevens Point Common Council, as well as newly-elected alders, met at the former Mid-State Technical College building on Michigan Ave. Monday night for monthly committee meetings and an unofficial tour of the building.
The building, vacated by MSTC in 2014 for their new location in Downtown Stevens Point, is the property of the Stevens Point and its future had remained uncertain until last November, when it struck a tentative lease agreement UWSP. The terms of that lease agreement called for annual rent of $100,000 with an option to buy the building outright in 2017 for $1.39 million.
The lease proposal was discussed in closed session at Monday’s Finance Committee, but no decisions were moved upon nor did city leaders release details.
City leaders toured the building after adjournment. Interim Mayor Gary Westcott and Mayor-elect Mike Wiza attended the tour led by Tom Schrader, the city’s director of parks.
“My guess is the vast majority of the electeds spent very little time in here,” Wescott said. “They needed to get the sense of the building.”
Westcott added any decisions on the building are a long way off but did not give a specific time frame.
“That’ll happen on (Mike Wiza’s) watch,” he said.
Wiza begins his term on April 21.