Monday, October 15, 2018

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Confluence Arts Center board hires auditing firm, construction manager

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    Designs for the downtown Confluence Project arts center unveiled last week included a pedestrian bridge, seen on the low left of this image, that would cross the Eau Claire River. The new bridge has been seen in multiple versions of project designs, but the city has not yet budgeted to build it.

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The board that will own and oversee construction of the Eau Claire Confluence Arts Center has hired a firm to audit the “price set related to the land acquisition, site preparation expenses, professional expenses and contract rights acquired, including the rights under the Developement Agreement with the City of Eau Claire.”

The Eau Claire Confluence Arts Inc. board also voted last week to hire Market & Johnson of Eau Claire as the construction manager for the arts center and Commonweal Development as project consultant to handle day-to-day issues and oversee the project's budget.

The board also voted to not open its meetings to the public, citing ongoing negotiations and “discussions regarding philanthropy and donor recognition.”

Jerry Jacobson, president of Northwestern Bank of Chippewa Falls and president of Eau Claire Confluence Arts, said “our first priority was to ensure that all of the board members had an opportunity to review contracts and discuss our operational plan. Since this is a volunteer organization with no paid staff, we also wanted to ensure we had qualified entities representing the interests of ECCA and all of our partners as we move forward with the construction of the Arts Center.

Both Market & Johnson and Commonweal Development are partners in Haymarket Concepts, as is Blugold Real Estate, an arm of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

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