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First vote for $16 million Onalaska apartment complex idea passes, but several steps left

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It would make parking and traffic a mess near the marsh, and the views to the Black River would be eliminated.

Those were some of the complaints to the Onalaska city council before it passed a planned unit development permit for a proposed 98 resident apartment and townhome complex near the Great River Landing.

Alderman Jerry Every tried to reassure folks that their voices were not ignored.

“There’s going to be another kick at the cat to talk about this and listen,” Every said, “and there will be several times where it’ll come before different planning committees and has to get permits for things that are done.”

The four-building complex called the Great River Residences would cost $16.4 million and include creating a TIF district in the future.

The city council approved the first step by a 5-1 vote this week, including Every.

“We need to expand,” Every said. “We need to take the opp when we get them, when they’re presented to us. We need to do everything we can to make sure that they occur and that they’re a benefit to our taxpayers.”

The project is being developed by Marvin Wanders of
Three Sixty Real Estate Solutions.

Born in Decorah Iowa. I've been a news reporter for the last 10 years, starting right out of college in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Other professional opportunities led me to Marshalltown, Iowa and Antigo Wisconsin, before I finally was afforded the opportunity here in La Crosse. I've been here since 2016. I also act as the voice of local sports, doing play by play of high school and college football and basketball. When not working I enjoy golfing.

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  1. George Caplan

    December 13, 2018 at 6:27 am

    where exactly is it going to be that picture dosnt give any sort of description of accuracy if its near the landing where the hell is Hwy 35 wheres Main Street wheres the landing. There is no discernible building or road in the graphic.

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