Site work underway for Sonnentag Event and Recreation Complex

Through the support of $900,000 in grants from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), work is underway on the site that will be home to the Sonnentag Event and Recreation Complex.

Eau Claire Community Complex Inc., a non-profit, non-stock corporation founded by the partners — Blugold Real Estate Foundation, Mayo Clinic Health System, Eau Claire YMCA — behind the project, announced that demolition and remediation work is beginning on the riverfront property site. The WEDC awarded Eau Claire County a $500,000 Idle Sites grant to remove buildings and contaminants from the site, and the EPA awarded Blugold Real Estate Foundation grants totaling $400,000 to fund cleanup at the site located south of Menomonie Street.

ECCC selected Ayres Associates of Eau Claire, which is collaborating with Kahler Slater of Milwaukee, to serve as the architect and engineering firm to design the complex. The complex includes an events center and a shared wellness, recreation and fitness facility.

Market and Johnson of Eau Claire is the construction manager for the project, and Eckert Wrecking will be handling demolition, which is scheduled to begin Sept. 25 and will continue through the end of the year.

The County Materials Corp. retail operation at 1111 Menomonie St. will remain open throughout the demolition.

UW-Eau Claire alumni John and Carolyn Sonnentag, through County Materials Corp. and their family foundation, donated the property to Blugold Real Estate Foundation in August of 2014. From east to west, the Sonnentag Complex site includes the former locations of Student Transit-Eau Claire, County Materials Corp. and Fabick Cat.

For more information, contact:

Kimera Way, Blugold Real Estate Foundation, 715-836-5180

Brad Kemis, Market and Johnson, 715-832-8752