The Eau Claire Confluence project is a public-private partnership to redevelop an area of downtown Eau Claire at the “Confluence” of the Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers. The plan with the Confluence project is to build a community arts center, public plaza and mixed-used project that will include housing, commercial/retail space and parking.
The mixed use building will be privately owned and is currently planned to house UW-Eau Claire students, with the ground level planned for the commercial and retail space. This space will likely to include a restaurant on the main floor as well as underground parking to serve both customers and students.
The community art center is planned to include three theatres, the largest to seat approximately 1200-1500 people. There will likely be a shared lobby and various offices as well as classroom space, studios and a gallery however final designs of the community art center have not yet been started. The community art centers will be jointly owned between the State of Wisconsin and City of Eau Claire and used by many different groups and organizations including the following:
- Eau Claire Childrens Theatre
- Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild
- Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra
- Community Arts
- Eau Claire Regional Arts Center
On October 21st, 2013 the Eau Claire City Council voted and approved to pledge $5 million to the confluence project.
For more information on the Eau Claire Confluence Project please visit the following sites: