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Rivoli apartment plan headed to full city council



The La Crosse city council could decide next month whether to develop new affordable apartments on the upper floors of the Rivoli theater building on 4th Street. 

A community development committee wants to give a developer $300,000 in block grants to remodel the higher floors. 

City planner Jason Gilman said it makes sense to renovate an existing downtown building, as opposed to putting up new apartments elsewhere.

The proposed apartments above the Rivoli would be available to lower-income residents, including people who are now homeless.

Gilman wants to see an economic mix of people living in the business district.

The renovations would not affect operation of the Rivoli movie theater.  

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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