Eau Claire Plan Commission approves plans for new Chili’s, Valvoline – WEAU

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – The Eau Claire Plan Commission unanimously approved site plans for two new businesses to build near the intersection of Gateway Drive and Prill Road.
One of the buildings, located near the intersection of the two roads, would be for a Chili’s restaurant. The other building, located north of the proposed Chili’s, would be a Valvoline auto service center. The site was previously home to CCF Bank, which demolished an existing building on the site and rebuilt east of where the two newly-approved buildings will be going up. Currently, the lots for the businesses are vacant.
According to documents submitted to the Plan Commission, construction would begin within a couple of months with a goal to open next spring.
The Plan Commission unanimously approved a comprehensive plan amendment for the future Country Jam location north of Eau Claire after over an hour and a half of discussion and public comment. Developers want to add spaces for businesses, such as a hotel or restaurants, adjacent to the proposed event grounds. The amended plan would address zoning for both the proposed commercial development along County Highway T and the camping and parking areas, where developers want to avoid adding in permanent blacktop surfaces in order to maintain the “natural” state of the site, according to plan documents filed with the City of Eau Claire. The amended plan would also cap multiple-day music festivals at the site to three per year. There is no cap on single-day events.
The proposal also included a plan for a year-round event center with enough space to seat about 650 people to be used for corporate events, conventions, weddings and meetings. The commercial area of the overall plan would be buffered and separated by the Sherman Creek corridor. In addition, the amended plan would take care of zoning requirements for the 166-acre site and name the subdivision Eau Claire Heights.
The Plan Commission also unanimously approved plans for a two-story office building on Owen Ayres Court, or near the Holiday Inn on Eau Claire’s southeast side, as part of the Oakwood Business Park. The proposal calls for construction to begin later this year to be completed in spring 2023.
You can read the full agenda on the Plan Commission website.
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