Developers eye ‘Block 7’ in downtown Eau Claire

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Eau Claire (WQOW) – What may just be an empty lot in downtown right now could soon be home to one of four proposed developments.

The area, referred to as ‘Block 7’ or the Livery lot, along with the former post office location is being eyed by developers to build upon. City officials told News 18 Commonweal Development, Pablo Properties, Merge Urban Development and a client of Hoeft Builders are interested, each looking to provide a mixed-use style facility for the area.

Eau Claire’s Community Development Director, Scott Allen, said there’s potential to bring millions of dollars of investments to downtown by converting the temporary parking lot into something more useful that works with other recent developments.

“So, looking at something that really plays off of the increase in office use, retail and residential all playing together, and try to again enhance that existing block 7 site,” Allen said.

Three of the four companies are looking to offer partnership with the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire for a new, expanded building. The final proposal will not be decided on until the Eau Claire Redevelopment Authority’s meeting on October 23.

Samantha Wensel

Samantha Wensel

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