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.