City of Plymouth Awarded Excellence for Economic Redevelopment and Revitalization of the A.F. Laack Building

Wisconsin Association of Historic Presentation Commissions presented the City of Plymouth with the Award of Excellence for Economic Redevelopment and Revitalization of the restoration of the A.F. Laack building, located at 133 E. Mill Street, Plymouth, WI.

The A.F. Laack building was built in 1875 and is a two-story brick Italianate commercial block building on a stone foundation.  The main facade is finished in cream brick.  The letters ‘A.F. Laack’ and ‘1875’ are visible on the face of the building. The building currently houses the Cheese Counter & Dairy Heritage Center.

This project required the creation of the Mill Street Historic District in downtown Plymouth along with the use of historic investment tax credits. The City of Plymouth worked with Sheboygan County on purchasing the property back from the county after the property was foreclosed on from unpaid property taxes.  The Plymouth Redevelopment Authority initially spurred efforts to save the building and came up with an alternative to razing the building.

Dane Checolinski, SCEDC Director stated “We are excited to partner with the City of Plymouth and others to restore this building.  This project is more than about honoring the past. It is about supporting the existing cheese industry that has supplied the Plymouth-area with the capacity to support thousands of families for generations.  The best way to honor those before us is by building a brighter future for our kids and grandchildren.”

Project partners included the City of Plymouth, Plymouth Redevelopment Authority, and the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation.  Additional project funding came from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and USDA-Rural Development. Corporate support for the project included Sargento, Sartori, Masters Gallery, and Great Lakes Cheese.  Pfaller Architectural Associates, Legacy Architecture, and Retailworks, Inc. provided professional architectural and interior design services.