Crews taking down final building at site of Confluence Project mixed-use building

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Crews are working on dismantling the last of the buildings at the site of the mixed-use building for the proposed Confluence Project.

On Thursday, crews could be seen working on taking down parts the building at 2. S. Barstow Street in downtown Eau Claire. Two exterior walls and part of a third were standing as of about 12:30 p.m. Thursday. Stuart Schaefer of Commonweal Development said he expects the last part of that building to come down by the end of the week. He said crews will be careful taking down the last parts of the 2 S. Barstow building because it is close to the Eau Claire River. He said the job is on time and on budget right now.

After the last part of that building comes down, crews will then start demolition of buildings on the west side of Graham Avenue, which is the site of the Community Arts Center. The buildings that will come down are between the mixed-use building site and Gibson Street. Schaefer said it will take about three weeks to finish that part of the job. Then crews can do soil testing, which Schaefer said was "practically impossible" to do while the buildings were standing. They will drill holes to find out the soil types on the site. After that, workers can finish structural engineering designs.

In July, Haymarket Concepts announced it picked Alliance Steel Construction of Superior to demolish buildings on the west side of South Barstow Street from the Eau Claire River to Eau Claire Street. At that point, it was expected to take 5-6 weeks to finish the job.

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