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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Main Street Wisconsin Day: Little Chute's Big Announcemenet



Main Street Wisconsin Day: Little Chute’s Big Announcement


Last week Tuesday (July 10th, 2018), the Village of Little Chute was happy to join in the celebration of the statewide Main Street Day with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). The Village was one of 8 communities who participated in the Main Street Day celebrations and welcomed several guest speakers to speak about the new and exciting developments that are happening in downtown Little Chute.

Village Administrator James Fenlon began the celebration by announcing two new developments, the first being a Dollar Tree which will be located in the former Save a Lot building in the center of the downtown, and the second being a senior living facility which will be located in the empty lot behind Seth’s Coffee on Grand Avenue. This announcement was followed by brief speeches by Lieutenant Governor Kleefisch, State Senator Frostman, State Representative Tusler, Village President Vanden Berg, and developer Ed Bowen. Each spoke on the importance of developing the downtown area and how exciting these new development are for the village and its citizens.

More exciting than the announcement of these new developments is how each development is building upon the goals that the Village has set out in the Downtown Master Plan. For 30 years the Village has had the desire to develop a senior living facility in the downtown area but was unable until now. This marks a turning point in the village’s Master Plan by aiding in the increasing of the downtown population which in return will help build and grow existing businesses in the downtown area.

The former Save a Lot building has been empty for over a year, leaving a large piece of downtown land vacant. The Dollar Tree development project would renovate the building as well as create a space for a potential bar or restaurant next door. This once again fulfills goals set in the Downtown Master Plan to maintain and grow businesses as well as increasing foot traffic in the downtown area.

Each of these exciting new developments are set to be started this year and finish either later this year or by the summer of next year. These projects will help boost downtown Little Chute further towards achieving its goals in the Downtown Master Plan as well as creating a downtown where both citizens and visitors want to stay. Even with these wins, there is still work to be done. These projects will allow other primary efforts to be executed, focused primarily on infrastructure or key property acquisitions.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Village of Little Chute's Garden Club



Little Chute Garden Club 


The Little Chute Garden Club is a local club co-chaired by members Ellen Mischler and Karen Mulry. Ellen, along with fellow members and volunteers,  chooses flowers, plants, and takes care of all 42 planters that can be seen throughout the village. During the Holiday season, decorations made by the group are added to all of the planters. The work done by this group and their volunteers adds so much beauty to the village and makes the village a visually pleasing place for both residents and visitors.




This summer the Garden Club will continue to plant beautiful planters around town. This project is not complete without all the volunteers that adopt a planter for the summer growing season by watering them three days a week. The Little Chute Garden Club needs additional help throughout this summer. There are five planters left that will need some caretakers; two downtown and three on County Highway N/Freedom Road. If interested in volunteering please contact:

 Ellen Mischler at (920)788-4679 
           or
 Karen Mulry at (920)788-5260.

 Help keep the Village of Little Chute beautiful!

                                                                    *Photos from Ellen Mischler*



Monday, May 7, 2018

The Village of Little Chute would like to recognize all of the teachers and staff in the Little Chute area school district for making a big difference to the children of our community. Thank you!

Amendment to Facade Renovation Program: What is it and Why is it important?



Amendment to the Village of Little Chute Business Improvement/Façade Renovation Program

At the April 4th, 2018 Regular Board meeting the Village board approved an amendment to the Façade Renovation Program that provides a new Sign Grant program that incentivizes downtown businesses to upgrade signage while also adhering to the Design Review Manual.


What is it?


This amendment provides downtown businesses with an opportunity to apply for a grant that would cover $300-$1,000 for a new or upgraded sign. All new sign designs will be reviewed by the Design Review Board to ensure that all signage adheres to the preferred/allowed designs. The goal of this grant program is to further work towards goals set in the 2018-2022 Downtown Master Plan, specifically strategic initiative 2: Enhancing the Old European Façade and General Atmosphere.


Why is this important?

By further working toward achieving strategic initiatives and goals set in the Downtown Master Plan, the Village of Little Chute can continue to work towards redeveloping the downtown area so that it continues to be a thriving place to live, work, and visit. This grant program works to incentivize businesses to update signage so that it will adhere to the Old World European feel that makes the village so unique.


View the entire Facade Renovation Program here:


View the Application for the Sign Grant Program here: 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

BAZAAR AFTER DARK

          the Fox Cities Night Market is coming soon! 
          
          Saturday, April 28th from 5-10 PM
          Downtown Little Chute

  • Art
  • Food
  • Music
  • Beer
  • Weird
For more information, click here

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Rock the Block is Coming to Little Chute in 2018


In the Spring of 2018, the Village of Little Chute will be working with the Greater Fox Cities Habitat for Humanity to hold a Rock the Block event in Little Chute.  While planning is currently underway, now is the time to reach out to the Rock the Block organizers if you would like to participate.  For information on the event, please read below and note the contact information listed below.  We look forward to collectively improving our community in 2018 and thank the Habitat for Humanity team for choosing Little Chute!

What is Rock the Block? 

An event: 
o    Targeting a neighborhood for a concentrated period of time 
o    Exterior home repair projects for low income homeowners and projects to improve/beautify the neighborhood 
o    As part of this event we have replaced siding, roofing, leveled porches, painted, replaced windows and removed trees, to name a few.
o    Collaborations involving residents, municipalities, local businesses, volunteers, other non-profits and more come together to: 
§  Assist low income residents 
§  Transform neighborhoods 
§  Increase neighborhood pride 
§  Improve quality of life 

Resident Involvement 

·                     Homeowners pay for exterior improvements through non-interest deferred loans – up to $3,000 
·                     Homeowners' are required to assist in repairs as they are able. 
·                     Residents play a key role in determining what’s needed to improve quality of life where they live 
·                     Through home repairs, residents see increased home equity and have more long-term security. This permanent housing stabilizes the neighborhood and this stability helps break the cycle of poverty 
·                     Engaged residents help create safer more cohesive neighborhoods; look out for one another and have more “eyes on the street” 


Please contact Sarah Wylie, Rock the Block Outreach Coordinator, with any questions and to learn how to apply at 920-268-8561 or email at rocktheblock@foxcitieshabitat.org.




Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Downtown Visioning Workshop Results

In late April a public visioning workshop was held at Village Hall used to identify areas of need in the downtown. The workshop was developed using experiences that East Central staff has had in other communities whereby a very visual and creative set of questions and exercises is used to draw out thoughts, ideas, and concerns from the general public and place them in a context that will help further planning efforts for the downtown. 

The overall goal of the workshop was to seek resident and user input/feedback which will be used to create a new, more detailed “master plan” for the downtown and Main Street corridor.

Approximately a total of 24 individuals ranging from downtown business owners and residents participated during the session. The event was structured as an “open house” style meeting with 6 different workstations each focusing on a different topics that directly or indirectly related to the downtown.The data is arranged by individual exercise with a description and analysis provided for each one. As summarized in the results, a number of areas of need were identified using maps and worksheets. The results will be presented to the Village Board and Plan Commission and pieces will be used in the Downtown Master Plan that is currently being drafted. To view the results click here.