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King Street apartment plans referred for 60 days

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A developer who wants to put apartments on a King Street lot surrounded by family homes will get a few more weeks to make possible changes in the plan. 

The La Crosse city council has referred the 16-unit housing project for 60 days, after two city committees voted against it last week. 

Council member Jennifer Trost believes developer Kevin Biondo should have some time to talk with King Street neighbors after two denials from City Hall in one night.

“I believe the developer needs some time to react to the concerns of the neighbors, and to make changes to this proposal,” said Trost.    

Two members of the council still support the zoning denial for apartments, saying the city should listen to the concerns of neighbors on that block.          

One of those council opponents, Chris Woodard, says “We need to start listening to the neighbors. They live in that area. We bring their voices to the council, and I think we need to keep that in mind. If we okay this one rezoning, we’re opening up a dangerous door for that neighborhood.”

People on that block who live in single-family homes worry that apartments will strain parking availability, and could lead to more low-income housing in the neighborhood.        

       

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.