Cannery District health impact assessment released

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- An assessment of the impact to health on the future cannery district was released.

A person rides a bicycle down a new trail through the future Cannery District on Monday.

The two-year project conducted through the Eau Claire City-County Health Department was presented at the Eau Claire Children's Theater on Monday night.

It looked at a wide range of factors which could have an impact on the new area and offered recommendations for the city moving forward.

They range from the cost of housing to amenities like the new paved trail, linking Madison St. with the High Bridge.

"We had a project team of about eight or nine folks that have been really deeply involved, but we've talked with City and County government departments, folks that live in work in the neighborhood,” Audrey Boerner, project manager with the Eau Claire City-County Health Department, said to WEAU 13 News on Monday. “We've asked lots of questions. We went door-to-door in the West Riverside Neighborhood as well. So, couple hundred folks have been touched by this HIA over the last 2 years.

"Eau Claire has had a really good history of health and planning and community redevelopment working together, especially a few years ago when we pass the health chapter - a part of our comprehensive plan or a master document for how we want to move forward as a city."

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