Janesville Arise
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At the corner of Milwaukee and Franklin streets, Bill Sodemann’s business, Phone Plus, sits in the heart of an area anticipating $42 million in public and private investment

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The city's long-planned strategy to revitalize Janesville's downtown, ARISE, is officially on the rise.

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Less than a year ago, residents were slamming sledgehammers into the surface of the downtown parking plaza over the Rock River to initiate its eventual destruction.

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The head of a private fundraising group for the ARISE downtown riverfront revitalization plan has stepped down and the group has appointed a new lead coordinator, officials announced Friday.

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Change is conspicuously underway in downtown Janesville, and the pace will quicken in the new year.

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As work begins on the ARISE plan to revamp downtown Janesville, it's not just city officials making an effort. In recent months, while the city converted Milwaukee Street to two-way traffic and tore down the parking plaza, several downtown businesses have done façade, interior and other work of their own.

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