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County looks at Confluence Project


Eau Claire (WQOW) - A major project for downtown Eau Claire was the focus of a meeting Wednesday night.  

In May we learned a public-private partnership plans to build a community arts center and a six-story building that would be home to commercial and retail space, and student housing in downtown Eau Claire. 

Wednesday, representatives of the Confluence Project met for a joint meeting with the County's Committee on Finance and Budget and the Committee on Administration. This was an opportunity for committee members to learn more about the project and find out how they could be involved in the future. 

UW- Eau Claire Assistant Chancellor for Facilities, Mike Rindo, says, "We're here talking to the county today to give them an idea of where we are in the process, to fill in any blanks they may have about what the project is and then to talk to them about possibly committing funds to the project."

Those involved with the project are working on trying to secure state funding which,  they hope, will support more than half of the community arts center.  Altogether, the project is expected to cost around 85-million dollars.

News 18 asked when there might be more specifics about how the county could be involved in funding. News 18 is told, right now, the project is still in the exploratory phase. 

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