Phelps hopes old hospital, nursing home can become DNR state forestry headquartersSubmitted: 06/07/2016
Story By Ben Meyer

Phelps hopes old hospital, nursing home can become DNR state forestry headquarters
PHELPS - Very few people even go inside the old hospital in Phelps these days, much less work there. After serving as a hospital, clinic, and nursing home in its lifetime, the building has been vacant for years.

But Phelps thinks it might be the perfect place for the DNR's state forestry headquarters. The DNR is exploring the possibility of moving the headquarters to the northern part of the state, and  Phelps wants its community and the old building to be considered for the honor.

"It's got a beautiful view of the overlook of North Twin Lake. It's plenty big enough," said Phelps Town Chair Steve Doyen. "We're just looking that it would be a great site for them to locate to."

Phelps wants the Vilas County Board to endorse its plan. Housing the new forestry headquarters could give an economic boost to the small community.

"That would mean a lot," Doyen said. "You're talking probably 60 to 65 jobs that would be located in this area. That would be big-time for Phelps. Not only Phelps but Vilas County as a whole."

Proposals from other interested Northwoods communities have flooded into the DNR. Phelps joins Oneida County, Langlade County, Tomahawk, Rhinelander, and several other places eager to serve as the forestry headquarters' new home.

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