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La Crosse Center Board prefers west addition

Brad Williams

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In a choice between north and west, the La Crosse Center still says west is best. 

Members of the center board are asking City Hall to endorse an addition to the west side of the 38-year-old building. 

Center Board chairman Brent Smith said the renovation plan is still just a concept, and not a complete design.

A more costly proposal for a west addition was vetoed by the mayor this summer because it both was going to overtake part of Riverside Park and cost around $48 million.

The cap for the new expansion is now $42 million.

The new concept will be brought to a city council committee on Thursday night.  

If the council supports the west-side plan, the concept would go back to the center board to have more detailed designs made.

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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