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Update: Renovations planned for Eau Claire's City Hall

Eau Claire (WQOW) -

Eau Claire (WQOW)- Eau Claire Landmarks Commission filled council chambers Monday to discuss renovations planned for the historic City Hall.

The city has been working with the State Historical Society which recommended the windows be restored to the building's original design.  The final plans are still being worked on, and the city hopes to have bids sent out next year.

On Monday the commission also heard an update on the historic Kaiser building, which will soon be known as the Wood Knot Tavern.  The city said the tavern owners hope to present the final design plans to the commission at it's December 5 meeting.  Owners said they hope to open next fall.

Eau Claire's City Hall is in need of a make-over. 

City officials told News 18 about the renovations they have planned over the next couple of years. Things like repairing the roof, replacing leaky ceiling tiles and fixing the building's front steps. 

"The glass wall's been here since '79," Building Service Supervisor Rodney Bonesteel said. "The seal's in it are no longer manufactured, so it leaks a little water once in a while. We're constantly caulking it to keep it from leaking." 

Some of the work has started already, but because the building is a historic landmark it will take time to get all of the changes approved. 

"We need to let the landmark commission know what we're going to do and then they review it," Bonesteel said. "If there are any issues with it they let us know and then we refine our process."

"Eventually, at some point, depending on what the renovations are, we may need to submit things to the state historical society and have their approval as well." 

The interior work could cost more than $260,000, but city officials say the Capitol Improvement Budget with cover the cost of the repairs. 

The Landmark Commission is set to discuss further renovations on Monday. 

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