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Deadline for four downtown businesses to move out is days away

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Days before a deadline to move out, one Eau Claire business is trying to buy more time. 

Tuesday is Downtown Decision Day in Eau Claire.  Hanging in the balance are two referendums linked to the Confluence Project.

Before voters go to the polls, a handful of businesses must move out to make way for the big downtown project.

It's been about two months since businesses were first told they'd need to relocate. Four businesses along South Barstow were notified about the move in a letter from their landlord, John Mogensen. The deadline given to them is this coming Monday. Thursday, WQOW News 18 checked in to see how that process is going. 

Puckabees Eco Friendly Grooming is one of four businesses on South Barstow, getting ready to make a move. 

Owner Melissa Kullman says she's not going very far. Her current landlord, Mogensen, helped her find another space to rent on Barstow.

"He was very willing to fix up a new space to make it make it work well and to make a new space function for a business with plumbing and noise and dogs," says Kullman.  

But she does feel the move is premature. Kullman says, "Ideally it would have been nice to see the Confluence Project accepted by the community and for us to have been able to vote and then move forward form there. It feels a little backwards."

Mogensen says he's been working with all of his tenants, and both the Christian Science Room and Upland Distributing have new spaces.

He says Scandinavian Imports is the only business still in limbo, the owner has asked for an extension. Mogensen says he's giving the business more time to pack up, but couldn't say specifically how much.

WQOW News 18 also reached out to the project developers for a timeline on when the buildings will come down. While they didn't have a specific date, they did say this June is ideally when they'd like to start.

WQOW News 18 asked developers if they'd still be tearing the buildings down, regardless of how the vote goes. They said they'd prefer not to say, until after the results come in.

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