Student Transit to build new facility south of town
Posted: December 5, 2014
Eau Claire Student Transit, 1001 Menomonie St., Eau Claire, has purchased a 15-acre parcel located on the city's southwest side at the corner of Highway 37 and Short Street, off Fehr Road, to develop a new 89,000-square-foot complex. The land was purchased from County Concrete and was annexed last month from the Town of Brunswick. The City of Eau Claire Plan Commission approved a site plan and rezoning for the property at its meeting this week.
"The timeline has been compounded a bit, but the good news is that our contractor has told us that we will be in the new facility by August, 2015," said Student Transit Vice President Jim Fey, who added that the new building will provide indoor storage for the company's 110 buses in its fleet.
"This will provide us with an opportunity to become more efficient and have a more professional office environment as well," said Fey, who is the fourth generation of the family-owned business that was established in 1939.
Student Transit's current operations and facilities will be demolished in the future to accommodate the future County Materials Event and Recreation Complex, which will replace some UW-Eau Claire facilities. Fey said the bus company was not rushed into making a decision of where to move.
"Their (UW-Eau Claire Foundation) timeline was very flexible in terms of us moving out of here. Once we found the right piece of property, it was really a matter of seeing if we could get started in December so we could be in our new location by the start of the next school year," said Fey.
Student Transit has approximately 145 employees, most of which are part-time.
Student Transit provides bus transportation for the Eau Claire and Altoona School Districts and Western Dairyland in Eau Claire. The firm also provides charters for sporting events, weddings and private parties.
Durand Builders is the general contractor for the estimated $5 million project. TBL