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Confluence Project site plan approved


Eau Claire (WQOW) - After being turned away once, a site plan for part of the Confluence Project was back in front of the Waterways and Parks Commission for a vote.

The commission approved a new site plan for the mixed use building unanimously, Wednesday night.

The new design uses more brick and masonry in the facade, features a wider river walk, and also allows for a wider sidewalk along Barstow Street. The design presented in August was turned away and developers were asked to create a more classic design.

Most commission members liked the updated look but not everyone was impressed.

“I just want to commend the folks bringing this forward for listening to public comment and this commission and for going back to the drawing board so to speak to make this work,” said Commission Member Andrew Werthmann.

“It's a monstrosity in downtown Eau Claire that does not fit in,” said Jon Case. “They tore down our history they've done a lot of damage to downtown Eau Claire and they're shoving this building down our throat."

The new design now moves on to the plan commission for a recommendation after that the city council will have a chance to weigh in.

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