Downtown News

« Back to news

Urban Living Tour canceled due to lack of vacant apartments

Posted April 29th, 2015

  • Urban Living Tour 2013

By Kaitlyn Riley, WQOW

Downtown Eau Claire's Annual Urban Living tour has been canceled this year, but Eau Claire's Economic Development said the tough decision came with good news.

Ryan Erickson with Commonweal Development Corporation in Eau Claire is closing deals, and doors in Phoenix Park.

"I think it's a great time for downtown Eau Claire," Erickson said.

Commonweal's apartments are 95 percent full, and they expect to have a waiting list within the month. Erickson said new companies are attracting outsiders to Eau Claire, like Jonathon Robinson, who moved to Phoenix Park after joining JAMF Software in 2013.

"I like the access to a lot of the nightlife and restaurants in the area," Robinson said. "I'm within walking distance of at least half a dozen restaurants, workplace, hospital if I need to go there. Anything important is here."

The lack of occupancy means Downtown Eau Claire Incorporated had to cancel its Urban Living Tour, because there just weren't enough empty apartments to showcase.

"I don't think we thought there was going to be as great of demand as there is, so we're very pleased about that," DECI Executive Director Mike Schatz said.

Click here to read the entire WQOW news story.