NEW INFORMATION: More buildings dismantled to make way for Confluence Project

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Several buildings on the west side of Graham Avenue are starting to come down to make room for the Community Arts Center building of the proposed Confluence Project.

On Friday, crews could be seen dismantling the buildings closest to Eau Claire Street on the north side of the 100 block of Graham Avenue. Market and Johnson said the work on the buildings has been going on since last week. That's when crews started on the back side of the buildings. Crews also finished hazardous materials and asbestos work on the buildings a couple of weeks ago.

"It looks like they're doing the whole thing today, but they've been working on it for quite some time," said Stuart Schaefer of Commonweal Development.

Market and Johnson also said the remaining buildings on the block will be down by the end of next week. During the week after that, crews will clear out the foundations. Then, they will level the ground at the site. The company said the site could be seeded or have gravel applied as crews wait to move ahead with the project. Crews also took a few buildings on Gibson Street down last week. The buildings along S. Barstow Street, which are at the site of the proposed mixed-use building, came down late last month.

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