Imagine…a new riverfront neighborhood surrounded by charming apartments, a lighted riverwalk leading to specialty shops, eclectic restaurants and nature trails, along the scenic Fox River navigation channel.  This could be the future for the former Riverside Paper Mill and property overlooking the Fox River in the Appleton Flats.

Riverfront Living


The first phase of the development concept includes the demolition of the former mill and the construction of 124 residential apartments and 16,000 square feet of commercial space. Plans call for riverfront amenities, including a landscaped riverwalk that will be accessible to the public.

Future phases will include additional mixed-use development and riverfront amenities. A potential Fox River visitor center, boating and kayak facilities, restaurants and trails are all being considered for the site.  The multi-phase project will continue to achieve its viability through public-private partnerships.

A Unique Sense of Place

Four main attributes help define a GREAT place, according to Project for Public Spaces:

  • Easily accessible

  • Provides recreational &
    social activities

  • Creates a comfortable,
    positive image

  • Sociable place where people like to gather

In addition to being accessible, successful placemaking connects people with each other. A major emphasis of this development project is to create walkable and transit links to neighboring destinations, including Downtown Appleton. Several public input sessions will be held to gather feedback about what types of new places would enhance the area.