Eau Claire (WQOW) – The Eau Claire Plan Commission is considering a proposal to add more than 500 new housing units to the city.
Developer S.C. Swiderski asked the city to rezone 108 acres off of the North Crossing near the Menards Corporate Center. The company would build 564 new rental units, ranging from townhouses to 20-unit apartment buildings. More than two-thirds of the units would be considered “work-force housing,” which is a middle ground between state-designated affordable housing and luxury apartments.
Eau Claire economic development manager Aaron White said the city desperately needs more housing in this price range to support future growth and jobs. He said high-cost housing is not an option for many people including young professionals seeking work in the area.
“It’s important that we have housing to help support our local employers’ ability to attract that sort of work force,” White said. “Making sure we have housing available for those folks because our businesses in this community need that kind of housing, and they need to attract that level of worker to this community.”
The Eau Claire Plan Commission decided Monday to postpone a vote on the plan until its next meeting on October 14 to give the developer time to speak to neighbors to the west of the property about the plan.