NEW INFORMATION: Proposed downtown Eau Claire parking structure could cost $20k+ per year to maintain

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A parking structure proposed for the site of the current U.S. Post Office in downtown Eau Claire could cost between $20,000 and $27,000 per year to maintain.

It's information the City of Eau Claire posted in "North Barstow Parking Structure FAQ’s," which is on the city's website. A link was posted to the city's Facebook page Friday morning. It says there is a need for the structure because of job projections at Royal Credit Union, JAMF Software, and the Post Office, assuming the facility would move to a different place on North Barstow Street. It also says that plans for the ramp are independent from the proposed Confluence Project. There's no word on how the project will be funded. Those options are expected to be presented before construction is approved. Right now, the city's engineering staff is looking over design proposals for the ramp.

Earlier this month, engineering staff presented two options for the ramp to the city council. Both options call for a four-floor ramp, with 520 parking spaces. Each proposal is believed to cost nearly $10,000,000. One of the options covers more land than the other, and is estimated to cost nearly $600,000 more. The goal is to start construction in March 2015, and have the ramp finished in March 2016.

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