Eau Claire (WQOW) – The downtown former Syverson Lutheran Home that was once a nursing and assisted living facility may soon have a new lease on life.
At one time, it was looked at for UW-Eau Claire dorms or a YMCA expansion. The facility now houses the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic, but it could soon house upscale apartments.
Pablo Properties is proposing to turn the former Syverson Lutheran Home into a 47-unit apartment complex. The property is currently owned by Grace Lutheran Foundation.
"Having additional residential in the downtown area is always a positive step and obviously it’s good to see a building that was recently vacated quickly turn over and be re-utilized in a similar fashion for additional residential," said Scott Allen, Eau Claire Director of Community Development.
The facility is three stories high, but Pablo Properties wants to add a fourth floor for penthouse units. The fourth floor has to be at least 40 feet from the Chippewa River, which runs behinds the facility. With the river running behind the facility, Pablo Properties must go before the Waterway and Parks Commission with a design that meets the 40-foot criteria. That meeting is next Wednesday. After Wednesday, the Zone Board and the Plan Commission will consider it. If all goes well, Allen hopes plans will get the green light by mid-September.
If the proposal is approved, Pablo Properties will work with the free clinic to find a suitable home to make sure there is no gap in the service they provide.