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Meeting Thursday on La Crosse Center $42-million renovation

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Recently approved state budget included $5 million for Center 

The La Crosse Center has more selling to do before the city council can give final approval to its $42-million renovation project.

At 4 p.m. Thursday meeting – mostly for the downtown community – will take place to look at two conceptual drawings for expansion plans.

Center director Art Fahey said some of the drawings will show only half of what’s being planned for the building and the completed plans should be done by year’s end.

Top priorities of the planners include a second ballroom and a fancier design for the west wall, facing the riverfront. Fahey said some of the drawings displayed will have partial details of ideas for renovating those areas.

The newly-approved Wisconsin state budget did include $5 million for the renovation.

Fahey hopes to have city council approval of the rebuilding plan by the end of this year.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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