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Event, recreation complex could include needed convention center

| Julie Poquette

The Blugold Real Estate Foundation and other partners planning an events and recreation complex along Menomonie Street in Eau Claire have proposed that much-needed hotel and convention space also could be developed on the site.

At a June 28 press conference, Visit Eau Claire joined the Menomonie Street project partners in promoting the event center site as a location for new hotel and convention space. The local need for hotel and convention space is a renewed topic of public discussion following recent news that the Plaza Hotel & Suites, Eau Claire's largest convention facility, will close and be demolished at the end of 2016. The Plaza site will be the location of a new Marshfield Clinic hospital.

Read a recent Volume One story for more about the call for private development of hotel and convention space as part of the Sonnentag Event and Recreation Complex.

The John H. and Carolyn Sonnentag Event and Recreation Complex partnership was formed following a commitment of approximately $10 million in money and land from UW-Eau Claire alumni John and Carolyn Sonnentag and County Materials Corporation in August 2014. The gift to the Blugold Real Estate Foundation, a supporting entity of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, was intended to make possible the development of a facility where UW-Eau Claire and community organizations can hold larger-scale events than can be accommodated by the university's existing facilities. Learn more about the Menomonie Street project.