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Eau Claire area voters show support for Confluence Project

Results of two referendums on the spring election ballot indicate Eau Claire city and county residents are in favor of the Confluence Project proposed for downtown Eau Claire and support its moving forward.

The Confluence Project includes construction of a new arts center to be shared by the community and UW-Eau Claire, a commercial/retail complex and university student housing at the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers in Eau Claire.

In an Eau Claire County referendum, voters supported the county contributing $3.5 million toward the project's $51.2 million performing arts center, and the results of a city of Eau Claire referendum indicated that voters are not in support of requiring a referendum before the city could spend $1 million or more on any arts-related building project.

Chancellor James Schmidt wrote in his university blog that the $77.2 million project represents a new way of government institutions and private enterprise working together to create something that no single entity could create alone: a first-class arts center that will greatly benefit the community and the university. Read Chancellor Schmidt's full blog posting.