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UPDATE: Landmarks Commission calls for public hearing on South Barstow building

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Another wrinkle has been added to the Confluence Project conversation.

Monday night, the Eau Claire Landmarks Commission voted 4-3 to hold a public hearing on whether one building should be considered a local landmark.  That building, 6 South Barstow or the old Kline Department Store, is one of the buildings developers would raze for the Confluence Project.

A public hearing will now be held in 30 days.

Last year, Confluence Project developers submitted a rezoning application which stated, "The developer does not feel any of the buildings are worthy of local landmark status and unfortunately most of the buildings have significant structural shortcomings."

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Some historic buildings could be on the chopping block in Eau Claire and a local commission is hoping to get a public discussion going about them.

Tuesday night the Eau Claire Landmarks Commission is considering initiating the process to designate the buildings, where the proposed Confluence Project would be built, as a local historic district.

Another option could be to individually designate certain properties as local landmarks. 

Landmarks Commission member, Dave Strobel, says many of the buildings on South Barstow have been in the city's comprehensive plan for years, to be considered as landmarks.

He says they should have been looked at sooner, but especially now. "It's important to note that the Landmarks Commission is not trying to kill the Confluence Project,  all they're trying to do is get the developer to agree to work with them on saving some of these historic structures. He doesn't, he doesn't have to fix them, they're owned by others already. So all he has to do is make his project go around some of them," explains Strobel.

If the commission decides to move forward with that process, a public hearing would be held in 30 days. Strobel says he wants all of the information about the condition of the buildings to be relayed to the public, to get a discussion going about whether they should be saved.

Last year, Confluence Project developers submitted a rezoning application which stated, "The developer does not feel any of the buildings are worthy of local landmark status and unfortunately most of the buildings have significant structural shortcomings."  

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