RDA to ask for proposals for 2 South Barstow
Posted: April 28, 2006
The City of Eau Claire Redevelopment Authority this week directed city staff to prepare a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the building at 2 South Barstow Street. The vacant downtown building located along the river was donated to the city by Dr. William Rupp and Michael Benrud to be used for revitalizing the downtown.
"We have had quite a bit of interest in it so we will begin to ask for specific information about the types of uses proposed for that property, what the valuation of their project is expected to be and what they would offer for a purchase price," City of Eau Claire Economic Development Specialist Mike Schatz.
According to records with the City of Eau Claire Assessor's office, the building at 2 S. Barstow had an assessed value of $75,000 in 2005. The building is exempt from the property tax roll now that it is owned by the RDA.
In other RDA action, a presentation was made on a site plan for development of a grocery store/pharmacy building on the property at the corner of North Barstow and East Madison Streets. The site was previously occupied by an M&H Gas Station prior to its demolition two years ago.
Earth City,MO-based Save A Lot, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Minneapolis-based Super Valu, would like to build a 15,000-square-foot neighborhood grocery store. The company, which locates many of its stores in central business districts, operates 1,250 outlets and is the fifth largest grocery store chain in the nation.
"The RDA staff will have get together with all of the project owners in the area to look at how this proposal works into our conceptual plan...especially what impact it will have on available parking," said Schatz, who added that the corner lot is currently zoned for a multi-story, mixed use building that could be a combination of retail, office or housing.