EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- It's been decided the two companies that lead the construction and development of the Haymarket Landing building in downtown Eau Claire will also take charge of the future Confluence Arts Center.
The transfer of the property itself has been made – from Haymarket Concepts to the non-profit Eau Claire Confluence Arts, Inc. This move was finalized last week.
Commonweal Development is acting as developer consultant and Market and Johnson as construction manager.
“I don’t know if any roles have changed significantly,” Dan Clumpner, principal with Commonweal Development said to WEAU 13 News on Tuesday. “It’s a transition that was anticipated and is necessary, but the same people are doing the same thing. The same challenges exist. The same opportunities exist. But, it’s just a matter of having the right things kind of in the right holes at this place.
“I think it’s essential that we have all of the same people with the same motivations, the same agendas and the same background and knowledge. It’s just critical that we have all of those players still on board and contributing.”
Clumpner sites work done by both companies on the Haymarket Landing mixed-use building – set to open this summer – as reason for keeping this work structure.
"The Haymarket project, specifically, is so complex that I don't know if the project could have survived a transition in any of the key people - and there are a myriad of people involved, all important to the process. It's so dynamic and so intense that it's really important that the team stays together."
Clumpner said a great effort is being made to not compromise the function or the quality of the overall project.
“That’s not without its challenges,” he said. “We’ve had construction cost inflation. We got a little less money from the state that we originally contemplated. So, we’ve had to incorporate some efficiencies and we’ve have to raise some new money.
“The reaction from the community has been absolutely incredible and we’re really confident that we’re going to achieve the project as it’s been identified to date.”
Groundbreaking for the Confluence Arts Center is set for later this year with building completion planned for 2018.