EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – If you’ve been in downtown Eau Claire, you’ve probably driven by the construction for the new bus station that’s been going on for two years now. The project plan includes a transfer station on the bottom deck, parking for eight transit buses and two decks of public parking spaces. On top of the transfer center, there will be three levels of residential housing. Work on those is set to begin later this fall.

Eau Claire’s Community Development Director, Aaron White, says creating housing on top of the structure is something the city’s been working on from the start, “Urban design is going through that they are firm that built the on Dante which is actually just north of city hall right along the old railroad lot run on Barstow Street. They’ll be building the residential units and they are completing their process and they have approvals for their site, their architectural designs, and as it should be, starting construction this fall.”

Transit buses will be able to use the new facility once the exterior of the apartments is complete. Which is expected to happen by August of 2024.