The riverfront in Appleton will soon have a new feature.

A meeting Wednesday evening voted to have a senior living facility with public features built near downtown Appleton.

What has been vacant land on the old Foremost site in Appleton for nearly 5 years, will become a 100-unit senior living facility with adjacent town homes.

“It has been a long time coming,” Karen Harkness, Appleton’s Community and Economic Development Director said.

“We think it’s a great reuse of the land,” she said. “We’re happy to see it brought back to community use, we like the mixed use concept.”

Colin Cassady, development project manager at The Alexander Company, said, “I think this site is fantastic for senior housing. We tried to think of what is the best use of that property that would also meet neighborhood desires.”

While the development is expected to be a good thing for those moving into the senior living facility and their family members, the city says there will also be a great public benefit in the form of a walking trail right on the Fox River.

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This article was first published by Fox 11 News.