People voice opinions on Confluence Project

(WEAU) - People had a chance to voice their thoughts about the Confluence Project, a multimillion dollar development project proposed for downtown Eau Claire.

It was during an Idea Lounge hosted at Pizza Plus. Developers were looking for input on topics like how to incorporate existing buildings into the project, the proposed performance arts center, and even parking.

Organizers say this kind of interaction will help the project going forward.

Economic Development Director Mike Schatz says "any time you can give a venue and an opportunity to have good discussions, I think that’s a plus. This community is known for its civic engagement and its ability to work through issues and problems so here’s another opportunity to do that.”

Schatz says Wednesday night's informal meeting is the first of many steps of community discussion about the re-development.

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  • by ROK Location: ec on Jul 26, 2012 at 05:50 AM
    they should ask someone who actually knows something about economic development, instead of random people off the street and bonny bear guy. oh wait, they did! but they disagreed and figured hippies in drum circles would make more money than top national performers and monster truck rallys. this thing is doomed to fail.
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      by Sharon on Jul 26, 2012 at 08:00 AM in reply to ROK
      @ROK I bet your comments are seriously close to what someone who heard a guy was opening a saw mill on a river in a place that still wasn't even a township yet, said.
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        by ROK on Jul 26, 2012 at 09:30 AM in reply to Sharon
        ahh no - there was ridiculous amounts of money to be made in logging back then. thats why eau claire exists. ridiculous amounts of money will not be made by trying to attract more hippies to downtown. the monster truck rally example was used to make a point - you may not like everything about a certain kind of development, but the point is to financially revitalize the downtown area. not shovel money into a bottomless hole.
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          by DoYouHearYourself? on Jul 26, 2012 at 10:38 AM in reply to ROK
          ROK, take your own advise: "you may not like everything about a certain kind of development, but the point is to financially revitalize the downtown area" The Confluence will do just that.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 26, 2012 at 08:24 AM in reply to ROK
      Yes what we need are monster truck rallies. Stay classy Eau Claire.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 26, 2012 at 12:47 PM in reply to ROK
      I agree! It's too small to succeed. We need something larger to attract national performers (musicians, comedians, etc.) and even the monster truck rally's. The problem is tax payers will complain about having to help support that development, and John Menard doesn't seem very interested in funding it(Although he should).
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