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Posted: July 14, 2015 Biscuit Loft apartments to increase housing downtown

The old parks and recreation building, located on 1300 First Avenue is closer to its complete transformation into the Biscuit Lofts apartments.

The building has been converted into nine 1-bedroom, seven 2- bedroom and six 3-bedroom apartments and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Developers from Metro Plains explain each unit will be unique and embrace the building's historic attributes.

"Metro Plains is utilizing that extra character.  Each apartment is unique," Mike Schatz, City of Eau Claire Economic Development Director said.

The historic renovation has been a great investment to get more people living downtown, according to Schatz.  He said one fourth of Eau Claire's jobs are downtown and with increased recreation and nightlife, the Biscuit Lofts should contribute to increased housing.

The groundbreaking ceremony was held this past October and devleopers expect the apartments to be completed by this August.  Schatz said the renovation is a great kickoff to the further emphasis that will be put into the West Bank redevelopment of Eau Claire in the future.

Schatz said, "I think it's a neat re-use of an old building."

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