Development plans for a new transit center in Eau Claire move forward

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Plans for a new transit center in Eau Claire continue to move forward.

Tuesday, the Eau Claire City Council voted 8 to 1 in favor of a resolution to exclusively negotiate with Gorman and Company for the construction of the mixed-use transit development.

This is the first of many steps to be completed before the new, mixed-use transit and housing development can be built.

The current transit center was constructed as a temporary facility more than 30 years ago, and no longer meets the needs of the community according to city staff.

Last year, the council authorized a study to look at the space needs for a new facility and identify possible locations.

Then in May 2016, the council directed staff to reach out to developers. Gorman and Company submitted a proposal for the site at 418 E. Lake Street. That location is very close to the current transit center, and near the Schlegelmilch House.

The preliminary dollar tag for the new center will cost the city more than $5,000,000.

With council's approval Tuesday, development plans for the project can continue.

If everything goes as planned, construction could start as early as spring 2018.

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