HOLMEN, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The village of Holmen, which is near La Crosse, is looking to build some new housing developments. First News at Nine’s David LaClair explains, why there are mixed feelings from people who live in the area.
Holmen resident Wendi Arlt has seen her subdivision rapidly grow since moving in 14 years ago.
“We moved here when my son was in elementary school yet, lots of kids in the neighborhood. When we first moved here, about 2-3 blocks there were no houses, this was clear and nothing was there and then they built on and back in through here,” said Arlt.
Arlt says she feels bittersweet about plans for new development taking place just a few blocks away from her home.
“I would always walk the trails years ago and I really enjoyed that, but now it’s getting built up and getting smaller. It really saddened me when they took all the trees down,” said Arlt.
This week, contractors look to rezone a final phase of land for a development that has been in the works for over a decade. It includes building about 100 single-family homes.
Scott Heinig, Holmen Village Administrator said, “This is a continuation of the existing development that’s already out there that’s been in place for some time, and everyone that’s out there knows this is coming.”
Jesse Henderson has lived in the subdivision for 4 years and says he looks forward to the development.
“Great schools, a perfect place to raise kids, it’s not in a big city, I like the smaller town feel.
I like it, it is bringing more people in, more families in. The more people that move in around here, the more businesses that seem to be popping up, and they put this new road in that can take you right out to Festival, so you don’t have to go around anymore,” said Henderson.
“There’s a lot of interest in families moving to Holmen. It’s a high-growth area and we’re just going to keep investing and making sure people have good places to live,” said Heinig.
Arlt said, “I’m very grateful the community is growing, however, I’d kind of like to keep this quieter and more picturesque.”
The village estimates houses will start going up sometime next year.
In Holmen, David LaClair, First News at Nine.
The village of Holmen planning commission will hold a meeting Tuesday night at 6:30 to discuss rezoning of the final phase of the development, and the public is welcome to attend.