Eau Claire Confluence Project

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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.

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For more information on the Eau Claire Confluence Project please visit the following sites:

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Eau Claire’s City council approves $5 million pledge for Confluence Project

Eau Claire (WQOW) – By a vote of 8-3 Eau Claire’s city council takes a stand on the Confluence Project. Tuesday night the council pledged $5 million to the project, to be directed toward the community arts center.

That pledge is based on a number of conditions. Chief among those is a $25 million commitment from the state for the $51 million community arts facility. Even if the council approves the pledge as stated, a number of things have to happen for the funding to go through.

Developers behind the $80 million project have asked the city for $10.9 million to support the student housing and arts center and an additional $2.5 million for a plaza leading up to the building.

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If you are interested in more information regarding the Eau Claire confluence project, please visit this blog posting – Eau Claire Confluence Project