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City of Viroqua is looking for a licensed daycare provider to locate in new workforce housing project

VIROQUA, Wis. – The new 65 unit workforce housing project that is currently under construction at the site of the old county highway shop also includes space for a 6,000 square foot daycare center. Although the property is owned by developer Northpointe Development of Oshkosh, Wis. the daycare (along with a retail space) has been a central part design from the start and the city has been an active partner in the success of the development.

You can read our previous story about the development details in our story about the groundbreaking here.

“In speaking with elected officials, organizational partners and members of the community, it is clear the lack of affordable childcare continues to be a preeminent issue for the City of Viroqua and the region. By creating and leasing this childcare facility to a qualified provider at a highly subsidized rate, we aim to help address this issue,” said City Administrator Nate Torres.

The City of Viroqua is offering to lease the space to a qualified provider for $1.00 per year, plus utilities and a share of operational costs. Additional details and a summary of the lease terms are available on the city website

Located on Main Street just north of downtown Viroqua, the daycare facility will be one component of the larger Main Street Apartments project. The overall project includes 65 units of low-income housing, two retail spaces, underground parking for residents, green space, and a variety of on-site amenities.

With construction scheduled to be completed by Fall of 2025, the childcare facility is designed to serve approximately 76 students, ages birth to six. The facility will be located on the ground level of the building with great access to Main Street frontage.

Interested providers should submit a Letter of Interest that contains the following information by August 31, 2024:

· Name of business or organization

· Main contact person

· History and background of the organization

· Information on current childcare operations (if any). If operating multiple locations, please highlight and provide details for a few of the closest locations.

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