Eau Claire (WQOW) - Demolition crews will be a common sight in downtown Eau Claire over the coming weeks.
Demolition of the buildings that will make way for the Confluence Project began Tuesday.
Crews were tearing down the Farmer’s Square Plaza Building on Graham and Eau Claire Street. Demolition of all the buildings, including the Market Square Building and former Kline’s Department Store Building on South Barstow, is expected to take as many as six weeks.
It's a timeframe one local business owner says is a short term concern with a long term pay off.
"I’m a little concerned with the foot traffic with the summer being here a lot of the downtown businesses rely on some of the tourism foot traffic,” said Billy Siegel Owner of Revival Records. “I don't think it'll be a huge hindrance and in the long run it's good for the community so it'll be worth it.”
Once the demolition is complete developers hope to begin construction on the first phase of the Confluence Project a building that will be home to retail space and student housing.