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La Crosse Center could start expansion project before year’s end



Construction on the $42-million La Crosse Center remodeling project is likely to start before the year is over. 

That’s what La Crosse Center board president Brent Smith predicted at Monday’s meeting. 

Smith said bids on the renovation will be revealed in the next few weeks. 

One part of the plan, which designers are dropping to save money, would have added an indoor passageway, a “connector,” to the riverfront side of the building.    

Eliminating the west connector could cut about $1 million out of the project budget.

An east-side connector, between the two La Crosse Center box offices, is still in the plans. 


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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