Renovating the Empire Building has been scrapped in favor of the Chippewa Falls Area Chamber of Commerce building a new 4,000 square foot facility at the corner of Bridge and Spring streets.
The decision to go with a new building instead of renovating the building that suffered a devastating fire in 2002 was announced Friday.
The chamber’s building committee looked at its options last week and decided a new building would be best, said Michelle Farrow, membership coordinator for the chamber.
The 4,000 square foot size is approximately what would have been available had the first floor of the Empire Building had been renovated, she said.
“The (new) building will be appropriate for the downtown entrance,” Farrow said, adding the chamber will continue working with the city.
Design work has started on the new building. The chamber said the visitor’s center and chamber office will stay open in its current location, 10 S. Bridge St., until a new building is ready.