CF Chamber revisits plan for downtown building
Posted: October 11, 2013
The Chippewa Falls Chamber of Commerce late last week announced that it is exploring the option of building a new 4,000-square-foot facility at the corner of Bridge and Spring Streets in downtown Chippewa Falls instead of attempting to remodel the existing Empire Building that has sat vacant since a fire destroyed the complex in 2002.
"The Chamber had been pursuing the renovation of the Empire Building, at the same location, for the Visitors Center and Chamber office. After much consideration, the Chamber Board and architects have agreed that the renovation option was not feasible," stated a news release.
"We did everything we could to try and renovate that building and maintain that structure, but it was too cost-prohibitive . So we're exploring the possibility of tearing it down and building a new facility there," said Chippewa Falls Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mike Jordan, who added, "We'll be in our current building until next year. We'd like to start working on a new facility this spring and be in the new building by some time next year".
The City of Chippewa Falls had agreed to provide up to $790,000 for land acquisition and building restoration incentives to the chamber to assist with the renovation project. However, the chamber board never approved the agreement until it solicited construction bids for the plan.
"Our building committee looked at a number of options, but right now, the option we're focusing on is to be on the corner of Bridge and Spring," said Jordan. TBL