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Proposed Eau Claire housing development gets green light from city council


Eau Claire (WQOW) -- A hotly debated piece of land in the Princeton Valley neighborhood will now be home to 70 new homes.

At their meeting Tuesday, the Eau Claire City Council approved a plan to build a new development on the northside of Eau Claire.

Some of the development's newest neighbors had expressed concerns about the project throughout the process. One issue cited was the loss of green space and the potential for increased runoff onto their properties. Some others expressed concerns with the increased traffic that the development will bring to an already congested area.

In the end, Eau Claire City Council President Kerry Kincaid told News 18 that this was a mutually agreed to business transaction.

"The fact that it was an infield development and the land was privately owned and sold to a developer for the purpose of development, swayed my decision," said Kincaid.

Developers Ashley Construction and C&M Properties said their plans are to work the environment -- not against it. They told News 18 that they know buyers in the area want wooded lots, and they want to accomodate them. 

The developers plan to begin construction in the fall.

Eau Claire (WQOW) -- Monday night at a public hearing, the Eau Claire City Council heard from residents on a new housing development on the city's north side.   

Ashley Construction and C&M properties want to build a 70-home subdivision in Eau Claire's Princeton Valley neighborhood. Monday, the city council discussed what a new housing subdivision would mean for the community.

Some who spoke at the hearing say it would be a positive move for the community, while a number of the neighborhood's residents cautioned about the adverse effects on home values, traffic, and the environment.

“We need trees, we need birds, and butterfly's, and bees in order to pollinate,and to be able to actually have a sustainable world, and those things are disappearing, and we can make a stand by saying no to this bad development,” said David Mell, who grew up in the neighborhood.

The city council will vote on the measure Tuesday. If it gets the green light, the developer hopes to break ground in the fall.

Eau Claire (WQOW) -- Monday, the Eau Claire Plan Commission voted to approve a new 70 home subdivision to be built in the Princeton Valley neighborhood. Before that vote, several residents tried to push the vote to a later date.

Many current residents fear a new development would have adverse effects to home values, the environment, and would significantly increase traffic in an already congested area. Residents even started an organization appropriately named "Say No To The Subdivision".

"There is a lot of vacant lots available right now, and to tear down the woods and to back up houses behind our property seems ridiculous,” resident Robin Holmes told News 18.

Developers, Ashley Construction and C&M properties, said new housing is needed in that area to meet demand in the growing neighborhood.

“There is a shortage of housing and a shortage of quality lots through out Eau Claire,” said Cody Fillipczak, owner of C&M.

The Eau Claire City Council will take up the measure on August 7. The developer said they hope to start building in the fall and complete the project in about two years.

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