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UPDATE: Plan Commission approves annexation of possible site for major retail store

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Eau Claire (WQOW) -- Monday, the Eau Claire Plan Commission approved the annexation of a property near the intersection of I-94 and State Highway 93, moving it from the Township of Washington into Eau Claire city limits.

The plan will now return to the Eau Claire City Council.

In May, a Fleet Farm executive told News 18 that the company is considering the land for a new, large, retail store. Commonweal Development recently circulated drawings of the site to neighbors who live near the land, showing a 220,000 square-foot store, with a gas station, car wash, garden center and a large parking lot. Commonweal has not identified which retailer is interested in the site. 



Eau Claire (WQOW) -- The Eau Claire City Council is poised to consider annexing a piece of land that could become home to a major new retail store.

On Tuesday night, the council will hear a first reading of an ordinance to annex land on the southeast corner of the intersection of I-94 and State Highway 93, near Gold's Gym.  The council is not expected to take any action on the ordinance at this meeting.  It's expected that the annexation ordinance will come before the council for a vote later this month.

In May, Fleet Farm executive Hugh Leasum told News 18 that land is one site his company is considering for a new retail operation in Eau Claire. It's the same land once considered as a site for a new Mega Co-Op store. Those plans have been dropped.

Commonweal Development recently circulated drawings of the site to neighbors who live near the land, showing a 220,000 square-foot store, with a gas station, car wash, garden center and a large parking lot. Commonweal has not identified which retailer is interested in the site.

Commonweal has also proposed using some of the sand excavated from that site to fill in the clay pits at Lowes Creek Park.

The Eau Claire City Council meeting is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon at City Hall.

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