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Next La Crosse Center planning meetings expected in September

Brad Williams

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More than a month has passed since City Hall told La Crosse Center leaders to go back to the drawing board for new expansion ideas.

The $40-plus million project will be back in the spotlight in September, according to Center director Art Fahey.

“They’ll be some preliminary (meetings) that get us moving again, and then some of the community input and some of the outreach will be happening again and we’ll get the ball rolling on plans for the future,” Fahey said.

He expects Mayor Tim Kabat to call a couple of planning meetings, aimed at making building designs that don’t intrude on Riverside Park.

“They mayor’s interested, and I think we’re all interested,” Fahey said, “in having an area out front that takes in an atrium area, take in the back part of the building again, over the parking lot and over the street, but not into the park, so we get the vista of the river.”

In July, the city council failed to override the mayor’s veto of a large riverfront addition to the La Crosse Center and a $49 million budget.

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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