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Lang Drive housing project on track but there are concerns



A snowy look at the former Trane plant site and possibly a housing project.

Six years ago, community leaders in La Crosse talked about putting offices and retail business on a former Trane Company plant site near Lang Drive. 

Now, the project set to go there is a housing complex, which would be called The Apartments at Red Cloud Park. 

Diana Dyste, the project manager from CommonBond Communities, spoke with city leaders Monday about the 45-unit apartment complex.    

The lowest priced units proposed for the Red Cloud site would be one-bedroom apartments for $407.  Rent could be as high as $1,400.

While city council members were happy to see a plan for developing the lot, there’s concern about attracting low-income families to the site. 

Some members of the La Crosse city council, like Scott Neumeister, are concerned the project might concentrate too many poor people in one part of the city.

Neumeister says he doesn’t want the Lang Drive area “swallowed up” by low-income housing, since the new project would be close to the existing Schuh Homes complex.  

Neumeister also wonders if enough public comment has been received about the project.    

The housing proposal was actually part of the land development plan announced in 2013. 

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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  1. Tammy Schyvinck

    February 19, 2019 at 8:04 am

    There is already so much petty crime in that area. I agree that the area is already saturated enough with low income housing. Surely there has got to be something that can be built there that would offset what is already there and benefit the community as a whole!

  2. San

    February 19, 2019 at 8:09 am

    I have been a north side homeowner for 31 years. This is the quickest way to get rid of tax paying homeowners.
    Why is it the north side being discriminated against by the city council? We already have our fill of low income housing on the north side. Why not build this in your back yard instead?

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