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EC City Hall re-design for entrance hit by car follows fine line

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Months after an entrance to Eau Claire's City Hall was hit by a car, the city has had to follow a fine line to redesign the entrance. 

That's because City Hall is on the National Register of Historic Places, which means the Wisconsin State Historical Society should review the plans. Any outside addition, to a building on the registry, is required to be slightly different from the original design of the building.  The historical society says that's because it doesn't want people fooled into thinking the addition is part of the original historic building.

The city says the first plan it submitted was too similar to the original building. The state has now given it the okay.

"It's been quite awhile since we've had to deal with the entrance on the south side of the building being closed which has been an inconvenience for the public and for contractors and the employees. So it will be nice to get it re-constructed," says Eau Claire Senior Planner, Pat Ivory.  

The project recently went out for bid.  It's estimated to cost between 70 and 80 thousand dollars, most of which, should be covered through insurance. The bids are due back by the end of the month. 

The plan still needs to go to city council for final approval but the revamp should be completed by the end of this fall.  

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