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New $42 million La Crosse Center concept, paid on-street parking both given OK by council

Brad Williams

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The latest plan for remodeling the La Crosse Center is going forward. 

The city council endorsed Thursday night a new concept for a west-side addition to the civic center — smaller than a plan that was vetoed by the mayor last summer. 

Just one council member voted against the concept, former La Crosse Center board member Jessica Olson.

She’s requesting a third-party study of the economic impact from the new proposal, not one from the architects planning the building expansion.

One convention promoter urged the council to vote against the west concept, because it could reduce the amount of meeting space available.

The city council also voted to start a pilot program for on-street paid parking near the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Western Technical College.

The rate for parking in those areas would be $1 per hour for a max of four hours.

A third item, a veterans transitional home on Farnam Street was also approved (story here).

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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    Dawn Kinard

    January 11, 2019 at 7:26 am

    Stealing from home owners/tax payers again!!!

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    Rick Hamilton

    January 11, 2019 at 11:29 am

    I am sure glad I went to UWL in the 1970’s and not now.

    $1 an hour is a lot for college students to pay for parking.

    They have to eat also

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