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Director preparing to get La Crosse Center remodel back on track

Brad Williams

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Leaders of the La Crosse Center are eager to restart a big remodeling project.

“Obviously, we got off track here a few weeks ago, so we’re getting back on track,” Center director Art Fahey said, referring to La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat’s veto of the $49 million renovation concept.

The veto came in part because of that price tag — originally it was around $42 million — and more so because the design stretched into Riverside Park.

Fahey said architects are reworking their designs and he’s looking at cutting costs by a few million dollars.

“Obviously, going in the park is totally off the table,” Fahey said. “We’re not even looking at that.

“The possibility of still having a river view is still there, but that would be limited to the parking lot and maybe over Front Street and that’s it.”

Fahey added there is still a possibility of including the small Radisson Center banquet hall at 2nd and Jay streets in the arena’s expansion plans.

A public discussion of the latest Center plans is scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday at the Chamber of Commerce building near City Hall.

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.