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History is at center of discussion about downtown Eau Claire development


Eau Claire (WQOW)- History is the focus of a discussion about a large downtown development in the works.

On Monday the Landmarks Commission took a look at the confluence project in Eau Claire.  Last month we learned about the plans to build a community arts center and a six-story building that would be home to commercial and retail space, along with student housing.  Part of the project could call for the demolition of some buildings along South Barstow Street, which are on the national register of historic places.

"The Landmarks Commission, as I understand it, was formed to preserve the history of Eau Claire. And there is history there on South Barstow Street, there is no doubt in my mind. Those buildings are very visible and mean something to so many people," said Katrinka Bourne, chair of the Landmarks Commission.

So how could that impact the project?  That's what the city hopes to figure out.  It's trying to determine what can happen to the Barstow Street structures that are in the historic district.  The buildings have not been purchased yet.

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