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La Crosse Center expansion choice could be done on New Year’s Eve



For the second time, the La Crosse Center opened its doors for the public to come check out it’s new $42 million expansion plans.

Citizens could look at drawings of two possible building extensions to the west or the north and give comment.

La Crosse Center Board president Brent Smith said he’s getting messages to wrap up the planning process.

“And they look at me and say, ‘Get it done,’” Smith said. “I’m not being critical of anybody or anything but I think there’s a build up, as we’ve been at this for 4-5 years now.”

The board will meet on the morning of Dec. 31 to endorse one of the two plans so a recommendation can get to the city council before its January committee meetings.

Asked what parts of the proposed renovation seem to attract the most curiosity from the public, Smith said, “Going to the west, is that a good option or not? What’s going to happen to north hall, if we reduce the size of north hall? Whether we’re going to have space in front, an atrium and such.”

Smith is encouraged that people attending the open houses are sending comments to the La Crosse Center through social media.

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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