Multiple items move forward after Eau Claire City Council meeting

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Multiple items are moving forward after Tuesday's Eau Claire City Council meeting.

In a narrow vote, development plans to build single-family homes and twin homes on the east side of Jeffers Road passed. While 90 people in the neighborhood opposed the development, city council members also discussed the need to provide affordable homes, saying it's the city's responsibility. The plan passed in a 6 to 4 vote.

The road that runs in front of the Confluence Arts Center is going to get a facelift. The Eau Claire City Council approved making improvements to Graham Avenue from Eau Claire Street to Lake Street. A few improvements include decorative lighting, grading and sidewalk repair. The project will be paid for using tax dollars for special assessments.The project also includes improvements to parts of Gray Street and Main Street in downtown Eau Claire.

Small businesses looking to get off the ground will now be able to get financial assistance. New, Eau Claire loan programs were approved to help young businesses. A micro loan fund of $100,000 would allow new or growing small businesses to borrow a maximum of $30,000.

After some discussion about safety concerns, a proposed dog park is moving forward in Eau Claire. City leaders said Sundet Park on the northside is under-utilized and hopes additions like a volleyball area and dog park will increase its use. Tuesday, a possible amendment to add additional transition areas for increased safety was proposed but voted down. However, the plan for the dog park is still moving ahead.

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