Fire station 2 will come first.
The La Crosse city council has voted to shift the priority for new fire stations, to start work on a new Station 2 along La Crosse Street first, before building a new Gillette Street station.
Council president Martin Gaul says it would be a bad move to start work on the Gillette project before it’s decided whether the existing Station 4 will get historic preservation.
“When you combine that with the fact that we have got four fire stations that, for lack of a better term, all suck, we have options available to us that we need to exercise,” said Gaul.
North side council member Scott Neumeister loves the old station, but says the building’s time has passed.
“That thing is shot,” said Neumeister. “Whether we like it or not, people, that thing is shot and it’s gonna cost a lot of money to repair.”
In other business, the council voted 10 to 2 for a zoning change on the former Gerrard Realty offices at 5th and Division.
A developer wants to replace the building with an apartment complex. Despite opposition from neighbors who say the area does not need more apartments, council members say more middle-income housing is needed for people who work downtown.