“The development’s name, Andante, means 'a moderately paced walking tempo,' a reference to both Eau Claire’s musical culture the walkable nature of downtown."

VolumeOne - Tom Giffey - The Eau Claire City Council unanimously approved a zoning change and site plan necessary to build a five-story mixed use building along the Eau Claire River at 100 N. Farwell St., a site now known as the Railroad Lot.

The proposed building, known as Andante, would be built by Iowa-based Merge Urban Development, which last year entered into an agreement with the city to develop the property.

The proposed development would included 8,600 square feet of first-floor commercial space (suited for a restaurant, service businesses, or retail), and 76 residential units in the 54,000 square feet on the higher floors, plus surface parking. According to documents submitted by the developer to the city, “The project is intended to provide more housing options in the downtown area, particularly for young professionals and empty nesters, while helping to activate the space along the river.”