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Plan Commission approves plans for Xcel Energy expansion, Eye Clinic rebuild, new apartments

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Eau Claire (WQOW)- The Eau Claire Plan Commission voted in favor of a plan to construct a new Xcel Energy service center off Highway 53 and the North Crossing.

The plan includes a nearly 30,000 square foot service center and a storage building on Black Avenue in Eau Claire. The developer hopes to begin construction in May, and complete the first part of the project by December. A second phase of the project calls for a 28,000 square foot addition in 2022.

The project is expected to cost roughly $7 million dollars. Xcel officials said the goal is to consolidate people and equipment to make their work more efficient. The project now heads to the city council for final approval.

The Plan Commission also approved the Chippewa Valley Eye Clinic's site plan. As you know, the clinic was destroyed in a fire last November. The plan calls for a new two-story, 22,000 square foot clinic. The clinic now has the green light to begin construction.

A push to bring more than 250 apartments to empty land along I-94 advances to the city council after receiving approval at Monday's Eau Claire Plan Commission meeting.

The developers hope to build on 42 acres of land that was purchased for $750,000 dollars, just west of Florian Gardens. This is not the first time they've attempted to build there. A previous plan was rejected by the city council last year.

The new proposal features nine buildings to be constructed in six phases. It calls for more than 200 new apartments. there will also be room for additional commercial space, which the developers said would be good for a hotel and senior living facility. In the site plan application, the developers included letters of support from the area businesses.

Jess Langlois

Jess Langlois is the weekend meteorologist and weekday multi-media journalist for News 18. She joined us in July of 2019.

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