Six houses near the City Brewery in La Crosse will be torn down for more employee parking, following a vote by the city council.
The vote to develop the parking lots was 8 in favor, and 4 opposed. Much of the opposition came from new members of the council, including Jennifer Trost, who says there’s no shortage of parking downtown.
“Our recent parking study shows we have plenty of secure parking downtown, in the ramps, and that’s a short distance away from the brewery,” Trost said. She suggested that the city should do more to discourage single-car commuting.
Scott Neumeister of the council says permitting parking would help a company that has contributed jobs and money to the community.
Neumeister says the houses to be demolished are “major eyesores.”
“The houses lived their life, just like everyone else,” said Neumeister. “But they’re past that now.”