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Archive video: 1959 Oscar Mayer plant tour

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0129_OSCAR MAYER TOUR 1959 photo

WKOW archive video of a 1959 tour of Madison’s Oscar Mayer plant, which closed in 2017.

MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison's Oscar Mayer plant, a landmark on the east side for nearly 100 years, closed in 2017.

Video from the 27 News archives shows a tour of the plant in 1959.

Early in 2020, the city of Madison released a draft of the plan to redevelop the area around the former plant.

The Oscar Mayer Special Area Plan Open House is planned for 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 at 910 Oscar at OM Station (910 Oscar Avenue).

The Special Area Plan incorporates a variety of new housing options, employment opportunities, open space and recreational options -- all integrated with an enhanced transit system, bicycle and pedestrian facilities and a more connected street network.

Reich Brothers, a commercial development company, bought the Oscar Mayer site from The Kraft Heinz Co. and has leased parts of the building to local companies.