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The City of Eau Claire wants to be part of Sonnentag project

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Eau Claire (WQOW)- The City of Eau Claire is wanting to team up with UW-Eau Claire and other organizations to create an event center big enough to hold thousands of people.

In 2018, the City of Eau Claire and Visit Eau Claire funded a study to explore the feasibility of an expanded event center and convention center that would be associated with the Sonnentag project.

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The study found both facilities are needed to support economic development in the city, so they've decided to be part of this new project.

City officials said they want to expand the facility so it can hold a little over 5,000 people, which is 1,000 more than the previous plan.

They hope that will attract concerts and shows.

The city plans on paying the $6-7 million the expansion would cost.

City Manager Dale Peters said the city would form a tax incremental financing (TIF) district around the new development to help fund the project.

"The new development or growth, the taxes from the new growth that would happen in that area would pay for half of the debt that would be raised to pay for the expansion," Peters said. "The other half of the payment for the debt would be coming from increase room tax because it's anticipated that there would be a room tax citywide."

If you're interested in voicing your opinion on the city's involvement in the project a public hearing is set for Monday and city council will vote on it Tuesday.

Shannon Satterlee

Shannon Satterlee joined News 18 in February 2018 as a Multi-Media Journalist.

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