NEW INFORMATION: Bank challenge brings commitments of $425K for Confluence Project

The project would put an arts center, commercial space, and apartment complex for student housing at the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers in Eau Claire.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Several people and groups are committing another $425,000 in response to a bank's recent challenge to bring in money for the proposed Confluence Project.

According to the homepage for Community for the Confluence, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and Northwestern Bank have each pledged $100,000, and several anonymous donors pledged $225,000. Last month, Charter Bank announced that it would match new pledges of $25,000 or more made by March 31 up to a total of $250,000.

With the commitments, the website says more than $5,000,000 has been committed toward the Confluence Arts Center. It's part of $13,000,000 in donations identified for the Confluence Project.

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