A $49 million renovation to the La Crosse Center still hasn’t been approved by the city council but now it appears more funding could get involved.
While the state of Wisconsin is pitching in $5 million, La Crosse County could possibly pitch in $60,000, over a set period of time.
That’s what Center board president Brent Smith suggested at a county board meeting Monday night.
It’s a similar to agreement that was used to help build the University of Wisconisn-La Crosse football stadium.
Smith and Center director Art Fahey spoke to county supervisors about how a larger civic center could bring more revenue to the area.
Smith told county supervisors that if the Center is not enlarged and made more modern, large events, like this month’s MOSES Organic Farming conference, could go to other cities.
Supervisors asked how much more space would be added to the civic center with a new west wing built toward the Mississippi River and about how many customers might be brought to downtown hotels by bigger events.
La Crosse County’s executive committee will be asked to study funding options.