By Andrew Doud, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
After getting gutted last year, the former Green Tree Inn & Suites in downtown Eau Claire is a shell, comprised of bare brick walls, a dusty floor and empty guest rooms.
But Volume One magazine publisher Nick Meyer and his partners in the investment group Longform that is renovating the building they plan to open later this year see it as a 30-room boutique hotel featuring the area's arts, entertainment and recreation scenes.
The hotel on Galloway Street was one of several stops that leaders of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. toured Monday to get an idea about business and community projects happening in and around Eau Claire's downtown.
"It's exciting to see a lot of activity," said Patrick Drinan, economic development director at the public-private entity.
Drinan and WEDC regional leaders representing several parts of the state, including La Crosse, Milwaukee and Oshkosh, spent Monday visiting with city officials, touring the downtown area and meeting with business leaders.
Following their visit to the Green Tree Inn, they met with young entrepreneurs at Volume One's offices to hear about their experiences building businesses in Eau Claire.
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