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Wine gallery, RV lot plans reach group

Business wants to add alcohol to its art

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A downtown Eau Claire art gallery wants to add wine to its business to bring in more revenue and patrons.

Jo Ellen Burke is seeking permission on Monday night from the city’s Plan Commission to begin serving wine at her gallery at 200 Main St.

Adding wine sales will help sustain the business, which would be difficult through fine arts sales alone, she wrote in her application. 

Wine would be served during regular gallery hours, plus around downtown Eau Claire events and performances at the soon-to-open Pablo Center, which is just a couple of blocks away.

The city approved a similar request for a downtown business that combines art and wine in 2015. That business, The Rev, 204 S. Barstow St., opened this summer and combines painting classes with wine tastings.

RV sales yard

Recreational vehicle sales and service would be added to Gander Outdoors, 6440 Scully Drive, with changes to the store and adding a nearby parking lot. 

The retail business submitted a site plan to the city to enclose an outdoor merchandise storage area that will expand the building’s space by more than 15,000 square feet.

Some parking next to the building will be replaced with “hospitality islands” where RV owners can dump their septic tanks and get drinking water.

The business also plans to pave a vacant 3-acre lot near the store to display RVs for sale.

Construction is expected to begin in October and finish in about two months.

New housing

The Plan Commission also is scheduled to vote on platting two new housing developments for the city’s south side.

• Westover Holdings wants to create 13 lots for houses on 3.6 acres at the northwest corner of Westover Road and State Street.

• Landowner Mark Held is proposing to divide 8.77 acres on the south side of Arthur Street into 18 lots where multifamily apartment buildings would be built.

The City Council is scheduled to cast votes on these two projects on Aug. 28.

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