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Groundbreaking occurs at long-planned River Point project site



They’ll need to bring in tons and tons of dirt before anything gets built on the former Mobil Oil site in La Crosse.  But Mayor Mitch Reynolds and other community leaders turned shovels of dirt Tuesday at a groundbreaking for the River Point construction project near the Black River. 

The project has been on the drawing board during the terms of six mayors, dating back to Pat Zielke in the 1990’s. 

The chair of the La Crosse Redevelopment Authority, Adam Hatfield, says getting the land ready for development was one obstacle, along with buying the land from its previous owners.

Large Mobil Oil tanks were located on the land for many years, and the property had to be cleaned so there was no oil left underground.

About 200-thousand cubic yards of dirt dredged from the Mississippi in the Brownsville area will be brought to the River Point site in the coming weeks.     

      The building site has to be raised above the 100-year flood level before residential buildings and businesses can be put up at River Point.  

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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