West Grand Business Improvement District


The West Grand Avenue Business District was created in 1987 to allow business and property owners in the West Grand Avenue business community to develop, manage and promote their business district and to establish an assessment method to fund these activities. The West Grand Avenue BID comprises the commercial area on the west bank of the Chippewa River from First Avenue to Second Avenue. A 7-member board guides the district.


  • Maintain convenient access to West Grand Avenue and First Avenue via existing urban traffic, pedestrian arterials, and public transit.
  • Encourage and promote the development and vitality of the district.
  • Promote an efficient system of public and private parking.
  • Actively market the district as an attractive, desirable place to live, work, shop and be entertained.
  • Ensure that future development achieves a high standard of environmental quality and urban design.
  • Work in harmony with other business districts, government agencies, and neighborhood associations on the west side.
  • Provide and encourage development in the district.


  • Support and coordinate with Downtown Eau Claire Inc. (DECI).
  • Maintain pedestrian level lighting and amenities within the district and along First Avenue south to Lake Street.
  • Enhance the district with flower planters, flags and holiday season decorations within the district.
  • Promote a zero-interest loan program for commercial properties within the district for improvements.
  • Support promotional activities for the district, Lakeshore Elementary School, and local groups.
  • Downtown Eau Claire Inc. provides staffing assistance.

West Grand BID Revenues & Other Financing Sources

West Grand BID Expenditures & Other Financing Uses