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* [http://www.leadertelegram.com/news/front_page/article_803aeabd-edc6-5427-9cfe-68e84f75b140.html ''Leader-Telegram'', "Confluence referendum wording concerns UW-EC students," January 31, 2014]
* [http://www.leadertelegram.com/news/front_page/article_803aeabd-edc6-5427-9cfe-68e84f75b140.html ''Leader-Telegram'', "Confluence referendum wording concerns UW-EC students," January 31, 2014]
* [http://www.weau.com/home/headlines/Voters-with-Facts-reacts-to-preliminary-county-referendum-numbers-253495191.html ''WEAU.com'', "Voters reject city referendum, approve county referendum; Confluence Project to move forward," April 1, 2014]

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Back to City of Eau Claire Voter Approval of Performing Arts Building Initiative (April 2014)

An Eau Claire County Confluence Project Funding Referendum ballot question is on the April 1, 2014 election ballot for voters in Eau Claire County, Wisconsin, where it was approved.

This measure authorized the county to pledge $3.5 million towards the nearly $50 million Confluence project to build a new, on-campus performing arts center. The city of Eau Claire had pledged $5 million to the project, but this contribution was temporarily put on hold by an initiative measure also on the April ballot that would have required voter approval of any city contributions exceeding $1 million to the construction of a performing arts building. This question was defeated, allowing the city to go forward with its contribution.[1]

Election results

City of Eau Claire Referendum
Approveda Yes 11,579 54.22%
Election results from the Eau Claire County elections department.

The Confluence project

The Confluence project, which fueled this initiative, was named for its proposed location at the confluence of Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers in downtown Eau Claire, commonly called the "Haymarket Site." The site was set along Eau Claire Street and Graham Avenue. The completed project was designed to be a mixture of a community arts center, retail/commercial space, parking and university student housing. The general development plan included the possibility of expanding the project along South Barstow Street. The Eau Claire Regional Arts Council (ECRAC), along with community performing and fine arts organizations and the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire, were given access to the arts center in the proposed agreement.[2]

The arts center plans included:[2]

A rendition of the proposed Confluence development
  • A 1,200-1500 seat theater to replace downtown Eau Claire's obsolete State Theatre
  • A 450-seat theater to replace UW-Eau Claire’s aging Ker Theatre;
  • A 250-seat black box-style venue;
  • Scene and costume shops;
  • Dressing rooms and other “back of house” operations;
  • Fine arts studios, gallery space and dance studio space;
  • Classrooms and rehearsal rooms;
  • Offices for ECRAC, community arts organizations and select university faculty and staff in the fine and performing arts.

Preliminary plans for the other half of the development designed for mixed-use included:[2]

  • space suitable for restaurants/bars, coffee houses, retail, offices and other commercial uses;
  • a parking structure;
  • About 100 apartments for university student housing. These apartments would be privately owned and operated and would add approximately 300-375 residents to the downtown area.

The project plan also included:[2]

  • A public plaza located on the site of the Haymarket parking lot;
  • A bridge across the Eau Claire River to connect the new plaza and the Phoenix Park;
  • The cultivation and development of riverfront trails;
  • Open space development along the trails.

Path to the ballot

The county board members voted to make the pledge of $3.5 million, but amended the resolution in a vote of 15 to 11 to require a referendum, asking for voter approval of the expenditure. Board member Joel Mikelson said, “I think it’s only fair that the taxpayer gets a kick at the can countywide.”[1]

Related measures

Defeatedd City of Eau Claire Voter Approval of Performing Arts Building Initiative (April 2014)

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