Foxconn's plans to build an innovation center in downtown Eau Claire is drawing criticism from people who expected a restaurant at the site, the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram reports.
Foxconn announced last month it had purchased more than 15,000 square feet of co-working space in Haymarket Landing, which is a part of a public-private partnership aimed at redeveloping downtown Eau Claire and its riverfront. The company said it will use that space as an innovation center related to high-definition displays connected to ultra-fast data networks.
The criticism is coming because the space had been envisioned for a restaurant offering spectacular river views, according to the Eau Claire newspaper report.
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“There has been a lot of overwhelmingly negative feedback about” the Foxconn plan, City Council Acting President Andrew Werthmann told the newspaper. “I think that’s because we as a community were investing in a certain vision for downtown and that space, and this is not in keeping with that vision.”
Stuart Schaefer, president of Commonweal Development Corp., told the newspaper that the reason for the change in plans is simple: No entrepreneur ever stepped forward to create a restaurant in the Haymarket site.