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Confluence Project raises questions about traffic

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Since the Confluence Project was announced on Tuesday in Eau Claire, several questions have been raised about the downtown development.  One of those about traffic. 

A public-private partnership wants to build a community arts center and a six-story building that would be home to commercial and retail space, along with student housing.   If the project gets done, it'll bring more traffic downtown.  Developers say they'll address parking as part of the planning process and will include a parking analysis that will be submitted to the city.

Commonweal Development Partner, Dan Clumpner, says, "The whole concept about parking and traffic is so much about perception than reality and if you look at these kinds of venues and communities, you know if the draw is strong enough, parking and traffic, there are always ways to manage that. And again if, from my perspective, I would welcome those challenges and I would guess that most of the downtown community would as well."  

Developers say 200 parking spaces will be part of the plans for the six-story building.  They also hope to better utilize the ramp that's already there.

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