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City not pleased with U-Haul plan for K-Mart

Brad Williams

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It sounds like U-Haul plans to be in the old K-Mart on State Road for the long haul. 

Tim Acklin of the La Crosse planning department says officials of U-Haul have announced their long-term ideas for conducting business in the K-Mart which closed four years ago, and they include building hundreds of storage units in the old box store.  

Acklin says the city isn’t against having U-Haul expand its business in La Crosse, but he tells the neighborhood revitalization commission that the Losey-State Road corner is the busiest intersection in La Crosse County, and would be a prime location for other types of development.  

“We do not feel that having it used for self-storage units as sort of a rental center is the best use of that land,” said Acklin. “We don’t feel that’s the highest and best use of arguably one of the prime pieces of redevelopable land in the city at the moment.”

Acklin says the self-storage plan would require a zoning change, beyond the current use as a retail store for moving supplies, but he says it may be tough legally to deny a conditional use permit to U-Haul for its future 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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