Eau Claire considers redevelopment of Cannery District with “maker” theme

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Eau Claire considers redevelopment of Cannery District with “maker” theme

EAU CLAIRE, WISC. (Excerpts from VolumeOne.org) – Vandewalle & Associates recently  presented a draft version of a new redevelopment plan for Eau Claire’s Cannery District on the near west side. The plan incorporates a “maker” theme and is expected to call for higher-density housing, a relocated neighborhood park, and a cluster of businesses that reflect and continue the neighborhood’s history of ingenuity.

“The overall district is kind of seen as a ‘makers’ district,’ ” said Aaron White, economic development manager for the City of Eau Claire. In the early 20th century, this river-fronted neighborhood was home to the Lange Canning Co. Today, aspects of this constructive, creative tradition are manifested through the newly expanded Brewing Projekt and the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre. 

When it is finalized, the latest redevelopment plan for the Cannery District will call for the creation of a commercial and retail cluster at the corner of Platt Street and Oxford Avenue, just north of the children’s theater building. The draft plan calls for 30,000 square feet of commercial space for businesses like artist studios, craft bakers, and artisan wood shops.

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