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La Crosse Center board now considering cost study on $42-million renovation project



Firm working on designs now offering to do study, which would take month or two 

There’s apparently a couple routes the La Crosse Center could take in its $42-million renovation.

During a meeting yesterday, the center board discussed those avenues. Center board member Phil Addis describes what results might come from a proposed study.

“So if it turns out that we would make more money to pay the debt back faster, by doing the larger expansion, we should know that,” Addis said. “If doing the smaller one is more cost effective and gives a greater return, we should know that.”

Before the city council makes a final decision the remodeling plan, a consultant is expected to figure out what the city will get for its money.

The Gensler firm, now working on designs for the project, has offered to do a cost study, which would be completed in a month or two.

Center board president Brent Smith expects the committee to make a final choice in December with a city council vote likely in January.

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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