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Fire station, lots may be sold in Eau Claire

City to vote on excess land declaration, making lots available for development

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    The Eau Claire City Council on Tuesday approved a site plan for a new firehouse to replace Fire Station No. 10, which is at North Hastings Way and Birch Street. Station No. 10 was built in 1949 and is outdated. The new station will be located several blocks north of No. 10.

    Staff file photo by Steve Kinderman

The city is preparing to sell a soon-to-be replaced fire station on Eau Claire’s near north side.

Construction of the new fire station on Malden Avenue has kept on schedule through the winter, according to fire Chief Chris Bell.

“They’re moving along nicely,” he said this week, noting that the building’s brick facade is up and interior work continues.

Construction is expected to wrap up in July, he said, and the firetrucks and personnel would then move in early August.

That will leave the old Fire Station No. 10, 559 N. Hastings Way, vacant, and the city is preparing to sell the 0.6 acres the building stands on.

Eau Claire’s Plan Commission will consider declaring that land and two other parcels as excess city property on Monday — the first step toward making them available for private development.

The 1949-built fire station is just off the busy intersection of Birch Street and North Hastings Way, in an area with several stores and restaurants. The city got the land appraised in July, which put its value at $365,000. If sold, a city memo stated the land would be best suited for a new business.

The two other pieces of land the city is preparing to sell are vacant parcels, also on the near north side, along the Eau Claire River, near the River Prairie Drive bridge that leads into Altoona. One lot is along Galloway Street across from Indianhead Foodservice Distributor and the other is on Birch Street next to Care Partners Assisted Living.

According to a city memo, Eau Claire bought the parcels — one is 8.3 acres and the other is 1.3 acres — in July 1979 for $60,000 from Northern States Power Co.

For the two parcels combined, the city estimates it could get between $430,000 and $600,000 for the land on the real estate market.

The larger parcel would be best used for a housing or mixed-use development while the smaller lot would be suited for apartments, according to a city report.

Following the Plan Commission’s decision, the City Council will then have a vote on whether the land is no longer needed for public use and can be sold to private parties. The city would then seek proposals from developers on what they would build on the land.

Other business

A planned housing development that drew the ire of neighbors on Eau Claire’s northwest side is nearing final approval from the city.

Camden Place, a mix of single-family and twin homes planned off of Jeffers Road, faced opposition from residents already living in that area when it sought rezoning in February.

Homeowners from the Shorewood Heights development, which is near Northwest Community Park, claimed the additional housing in the area would increase traffic and reduce safety.

The City Council approved rezoning the 29.6-acres for Camden Place on Feb. 13 in a 6-4 vote with Councilman Andrew Werthmann absent.

The Plan Commission will consider the final plat for Camden Place during its Monday night meeting and the City Council is scheduled to take a vote on Tuesday, March 27.

Camden Place plans 28 lots for single-family homes and 39 lots for twin homes.

Contact: 715-833-9204, andrew.dowd@ecpc.com, @ADowd_LT on Twitter


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