RDA makes deal with Market for Block Seven
Posted: August 19, 2016
The City of Eau Claire Redevelopment Authority (RDA) this week asked city staff to negotiate an agreement with Market & Johnson to utilize Block Seven for up to 150 construction workers to park exclusively once the performing arts center project begins in October.
According to Matt Faulkner with Market & Johnson, when work begins on the Confluence Performing Arts Center in October, it will be important for construction workers to use the Block Seven for parking.
"When we start working on the performing arts center in October, and wrapping it up in June, 2018, it will be an ideal location for parking for our workers," said Faulkner.
City Economic Development Department Director Mike Schatz said he has received at least two promising e-mails from developers who intend to do development in the Block Seven area.
"The concept has been offered to developers who wish to develop in that area," said Schatz.
The parking area in Block Seven would be utilized from 6:30am to about 5pm daily.
In other RDA news, Eau Claire City Planner Ned Noel said that work on an Indoor Public Market to create a food district has been in the works for some time.
"We've been working on this study for more than a year now. We believe it would be a private-sector led food market. Communities around Green Bay and Madison have established these concepts and we've had some interest in this idea," said Noel, who added that it would be idea to have a new food option, such as a grocery store, to locate in the food district.
"The outdoor farmers' market is the city's top tourism destination," said Noel.
One other concept discussed by RDA board members is to revise conceptual plans for the Cannery Redevelopment District.
Two options were put forward by Phil Johnson, a Landscape Architect with Ayres Associates. Both options would offer apartment complexes, a possible retirement community and would possibly move the existing Kessler Park to a location closer to the Chippewa River. Both options would have a residential component as well.
"We are looking at placement of a building on the Family Video site," said Johnson.
At least two RDA board members, Tom Tewalt and Jeff Halloin, appeared to favor the second option.
"Making the district is really a branding concept," he said. TBL