EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - If you're driving around Eau Claire, it's hard to miss all the construction going on. The value of construction is something the City of Eau Claire says is at an all-time high, valued at more than $210 million.
“I think you can go around Eau Claire and see a crane or a bulldozer or something,” said Eau Claire Business Assitance Specialist Ray French.
Orange cones and closed roads throughout the city may make it more of a hassle for people to get around, “It is what it is, you got to put up with another couple months of it until winter,” said Greg Clark of Eau Claire. But all the new construction is drawing more and more business and investment opportunities to the city.
“I’ve lived here most of my life and it's really grown up a lot in the last couple years, especially this year, you see a lot of construction, so I’m not surprised,” Clark said.
The City of Eau Claire says, all of this construction is hitting an all-time high for the city as the building permit valuation, or building activity of work of things like material costs, plumbing, and electric, that work is valued at more than #210 million dollars. That's more than $200 million of growth in town.
“The bottom line of why it’s so fun and interesting and important to celebrate is it signifies investment by the business community, homeowners and the developers, and it shows we are in active place for business,” French added.
The last time Eau Claire’s building activity was at its highest was in 2009 when it hit $197 million; so we've broken this decade's city record. Even just in August of this year, the city has seen a huge jump. In August of 2016 there was more than $8 million of valued construction, now this year there’s more than $33 million.
“We’ve got a thriving economy and we are a place where things are happening, so that's not happening everywhere across the state, but in Eau Claire it is,” French said.
The city adds it's kind of a full circle as these investments, like the Sonnentag Center and new Marshfield hospital, in the community are not only helping drive our economic future, but also creating a better quality of space for the people who live here.