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La Crosse Council delays purchase of old loan company near festgrounds

Brad Williams

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Plans by the city of La Crosse to buy a loan company building near City Hall are being put on hold, at least until next week. 

The building on North 3rd Street, with a billboard on the roof, is considered blighted, and the lot could be used for future development near the festgrounds. 

A special city council meeting was held Thursday night to fast-track the purchase of the building for up to $600,000. 

But some council members objected, arguing that the city might pay more than what the property is worth. 

A realtor has listed the building on-line at $550,000. 

With one vote in opposition, the council chose to delay a purchase decision at least until next week’s regular monthly meeting.  

The council finance committee voted on Thursday to okay changes in the permit policy for special events.

The committee approved a resolution which could increase permit fees for many annual events in La Crosse, from the current $10 to $60. 

Representatives of some local festivals have objected to the changes, including a provision doubling the fee if a permit is requested less than 60 days before the event.    

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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