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Gillette Street Fire Station 4 named local landmark

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The Gillette Street fire station in La Crosse has now officially been declared a local historic landmark. 

The vote by the city’s heritage preservation commission came after a brief public hearing Thursday night.  The designation now means the plans for a new north-side firehouse, to replace the current one built in 1940, will have to be changed to allow the old building to remain standing. 

Fire chief Ken Gilliam has been frustrated over the last-minute nature of the preservation drive, after years of planning to take down the building, but he is ready to change the designs for the new building.    

City planners say Fire Station 4 could be remodeled into apartments, or for commercial uses like a salon or a restaurant. 

Andrea Richmond represents the neighborhood on the city council, and she says empty houses near Station 4 should come down soon, so the project can move ahead.

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.