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New ballroom and lobby taking shape at La Crosse Center

Brad Williams

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While much of downtown La Crosse has been shut down in the last three months, expansion of the La Crosse Center has been moving along on schedule. 

The biggest parts of the $42 million project are the rebuilding of the North Hall, and the addition of a new ballroom section on the west side. 

Center manager Art Fahey says the addition facing Riverside Park is about one-third of the way to its expected height.

Crews have already built the foundation of a new grand staircase for the expanded two-level entrance on 2nd Street, and meeting rooms are being added on the upper level of the center.      

Fahey says the renovation is expected to be finished by late 2021.

Meanwhile, the civic center is still hoping to have some traditional events yet this year.        

Fahey would still like to put on the annual Elvis Explosion in September, and the Holiday Fair just before Thanksgiving.

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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