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Apartment complex for King Street rejected by 2 committees



A proposed apartment complex on King Street is being turned down for now, because of complaints that it wouldn’t fit in with the Washburn neighborhood.

Two La Crosse city committees, meeting back-to-back on Tuesday, denied a zoning change to allow a 16-unit building in a lot that’s been vacant for five years on the 1100 block of King, near West Avenue.

Developer Kevin Biondo plans to have only single-bedroom units in the building, and says it’s not designed with college students in mind.

“These are one-bedroom units, looking to attract a more mature clientele,” Biondo told the city judiciary committee. “I believe there’s a segment of the population of La Crosse that wants to get away from the college housing lifestyle.”

Critics argue that the building would be too large for that neighborhood, and require too much parking space. They also suggested that the communal laundry facilities planned in the building seem more fitted to student housing.

Neighbors on King Street who don’t like the plan include the city council member for that district, Chris Kahlow, who says the complex would be surrounded by single-family homes.

The full city council will review the plan next week.

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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