West side of Eau Claire to get facelift

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The City of Eau Claire is looking to give the west side of the city a facelift starting with a name change.

A few weeks ago the city opened the High Bridge and say this is just the beginning for the up and coming area which will be renamed the Cannery District.

From new breweries to new restaurants, businesses are popping up across the west side of the Eau Claire. Recently, the Redevelopment Authority bought land on Oxford Ave and First Street.

“It’s an area of 30 acres to the west of the Chippewa River so it has some great potential for redevelopment,” said Mike Schatz, the Economic Development Administrator.

He added the city’s vision is to do what they did at Phoenix Park a few years back.

“The idea again is to create a mixed use area of housing, offices, and retail, but then again using the asset of the river. So the buildings will be facing the river instead of facing away from the river,” Schatz said.

City Manager Russ Van Gompel says there is still a lot of work to do in the planning phase of the project. He explained the city is looking at new options to attract people to the west side of Eau Claire.

“We're looking at whether or not it makes sense to maybe do a full time public market," said Van Gompel.

Right now there is no cost associated with the project.

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