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Center board reviews interior ideas, sets March goal for finished plan

Brad Williams

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Carpeting and wallpaper designs were on the table Tuesday, as the La Crosse Center Board set out to make detailed decisions about how the 39-year-old building should be renovated. 

The board has set weekly meetings this month to work out a plan capped at $42 million for improving the civic center. 

Designers want the board to decide what kind of look will “tell the story” of what the La Crosse Center is about. 

The board set a goal of trying to keep maintenance costs for the arena portion of the building around $6 million or less. 

Center director Art Fahey said one area that needs improvement is the dressing rooms, where the roof leaks and the showers are “shot.” 

The dressing area is used frequently by sports teams competing at the center.  

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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