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Controversial Eau Claire development fails to get recommendation

Eau Claire (WQOW) — Several housing developments totaling more than 200 new units were recommended for approval by Eau Claire’s Plan Commission last night, but a controversial Water Street development was voted down.

John Mogensen wants to put a two-story apartment and commercial space building on the site of the former BMO Harris bank on Water Street. Some neighboring residents and businesses opposed a proposed restaurant drive-thru as part of the project.

Commission members first voted to remove the drive-thru from the plans, but the majority still recommended against the development.

The commission did vote in favor of rezoning for an 80-unit, four-story apartment building at Birch Street and River Prairie Drive and a final plat for a housing development south of Highway 93 and County Highway II. It would have 44 single-family homes.

They also gave approval of the final plat for a development of 80 twin homes along Jeffers Road on the city’s northwest side.

Keith Edwards

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