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Public gives input on Confluence Project funding

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 Eau Claire (WQOW) - Funding for the Confluence Project took the main stage at City Hall Monday night during a public discussion.

Residents had their chance to weigh in on whether the city should contribute money to the mixed use portion of the Confluence before funding for the other half of the project, the community arts center, is lined up.

The UW Board of Regents has not yet decided if it will contribute $25 million to the community arts center.

About ten people took the opportunity to speak in front of the council tonight.

“For the mixed use building the city is being asked to make a contribution to a building that will be owned by a private company,” said Pete Bartl of Eau Claire. “While this may be legal to my simple mind it is morally wrong.”

Using public money to help a private building was a concern echoed by many at the discussion.

“Subsidizing student housing on the site of the Historic Confluence District benefits no one other than the current landowner and the developer.” Said Maryjo Cohen the CEO of Presto. “The council should put any further work on the project such as TIFs and developers agreements on hold."

The council will vote on the resolution at tomorrow night's meeting beginning at 4 PM.

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