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Input sought on Garfield Avenue redevelopment concepts

UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in an open house to review and provide comments on preliminary design concepts for the redevelopment of Garfield Avenue. Members of the design team for the Garfield Avenue project will be available to present information about preliminary design concepts, answer questions and solicit input on Thursday, Oct. 15, from 12:15-1:45 p.m. in the Marketplace area of W.R. Davies Student Center (across from the Service Center).

The $12.4 million project, enumerated in the 2013-15 state budget, includes replacement of underground utilities from the base of the university hill to Park Avenue. The project also will remove the current Putnam Hall parking lot for development of a future outdoor classroom, reconfigure the south end of the footbridge to provide a more gradual incorporation into the Central Campus Mall area, and convert Garfield Avenue into a primarily pedestrian and bicycle thoroughfare in accordance with principles included in the 2010-30 Campus Master Plan.