La Crosse Center Expansion Plans


Plans for expansion at the La Crosse Center took another step forward today. Fox 25/48’s Zach Prelutsky tells us what happened in the neighborhood meeting held this afternoon.

Business owners and community members gathered at the La Crosse Center this afternoon to hear about two different potential designs for the expansion of the center.

Director of the La Crosse Center, Art Fahey, says this meeting was to get some input from the community.

“We wanted to present the two concepts that we’re at to the neighboring community down here. Anybody could come to it but it was focused on our neighbors here that are right in the immediate downtown area and where were headed with this and get their feedback on what they would like to see.”

There is a 42 million dollar budget on this expansion project that’s already almost 3 years in the making. The people in attendance were almost unanimous in which project they would like to be developed.

“There were two schemes that we shown to the public, with most of the people in attendance tonight saying they were more in favor of scheme B.”

One of the architects on the project Eric Stultz explains.

“Scheme B is a little more ambitious. It cantilevers over out into the park that overlooks the river, is a little more massive, has a little more program in it and has a little bit more cost associated with it.”

While scheme B, as it was presented this afternoon, is more than the 42 million dollar budget, Fahey took notice of what the people at the meeting had to say.

“Obviously we’ve got to make some votes and decisions with the board, with the board moving forward in which direction we go and concept B was out of our budget so we’ve got to figure out how to put that on a diet and bring that back into the budget.”
Fahey says he’s looking to the end of next summer as a timeline to begin construction.

In La Crosse, Zach Prelutsky, Fox 25/48 News at Nine.

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