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La Crosse’s former jail soon to be move-in ready for renters



La Crosse’s old courthouse and jail could start welcoming renters by fall.

The 1965 county building now being remodeled into ‘The Hub’ is scheduled to start renting out apartments and selling condos in September, according to county development specialist Brian Fukuda.

He said the county got a “pretty good deal” out of selling the building to Stizo Developers.

Critics accused the county of throwing away a good building and needlessly spending millions of dollars to convert a bank into new county offices. County departments moved out of just over a year ago and relocated to the old Associated Bank on State St.

Fukuda told the La Crosse County board luxury condos and penthouses will be included in the two stories being added to the top of the former courthouse. There will also be 56 studio apartments and 18 luxury condos among the residential units.

The project to rebuild the now privately-owned building will cost about $16 million.


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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