Putting businesses such as a bed-and-breakfast in La Crosse’s old fish lab would be a benefit to the community.
That’s what developer Marty Walleser told the city council judiciary committee this week, before the committee approved a zoning change.
Walleser says current zoning would not allow him to run a commercial business on the building’s second floor.
“The upstairs currently can only hold government, or government-like offices with the current zoning,” said Walleser. “No government offices can be held up there due to a lack of ADA compliance, and nor could they be made ADA compliant due to the elevator restrictions.”
Walleser says he doesn’t think putting offices on that floor would benefit many people.
“It breaks my heart, it’s gonna be a mess down there,” said Lynn Miller, among the opponents speaking at the judiciary committee meeting Tuesday night. “The parking, trucks coming in to deliver beer, trucks coming in to deliver food, wedding parties…no, no way should we be doing this.”
Miller and others think the city is trying to rush the project along without public input, but