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Confluence development agreements likely won't be reached before April 1st vote


Eau Claire (WQOW) - Both sides say they want voters to know the facts before downtown decision day, but there may be some things we still won't know before April 1st.

City manager Russ Van Gompel said the two groups are working quickly, but that in all likelihood the final agreements would not be completed in time for April 1st when voters decide the fate of two referendums

The agreements would include what responsibilities and costs would be covered by the city and developers.

For example they would cover who pays for site preparations, what sort of preparations are needed, who pays for and what utility work is needed, as well as street work. There's also another question that would be answered.

"We'll be getting into how the operation of the community arts center will look like. It will include whether or not there's an annual contribution and where that might come from. Right now the proposal is to have that come from room tax revenue, but the final details on that need to be worked out on how that might be structured."

Developers are asking for $200,000 from room tax revenue. 

That funding supports several non-profits across the city.  The city manager says they are looking at a number of ways to ensure those groups do not lose funding because of the confluence project.

The city and developers are working on two separate agreements, one for the mixed use building and one for the performing arts center.

The city council will have the final say on the two agreements once they are reached.

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