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Change in high-rise rules — allowing taller buildings in residential area — approved by 2nd La Crosse committee



FILE - Bethany Lutheran home on 7th Street South

An ordinance change aimed at allowing more tall buildings in residential parts of La Crosse now has the blessing of two city committees.

Tuesday, the city council Judiciary and Administration Committee approved an increase in the maximum height of buildings in an R-5 residential district. The city plan commission adopted the same change Monday.

Neighbors of a nursing home on 7th Street have objected to plans for a four-story addition to the Bethany Lutheran home, voicing concerns that other high-rises could follow.

The proposed change would allow buildings as tall as 55 feet to be erected in some residential neighborhoods.

Several people spoke out against the plan Monday but nobody did during Tuesday’s meeting. It will go to the full city council on Dec. 9.

In other council business, a city’s Heritage Preservation commission could be given more power to intervene in plans to demolish historic buildings.

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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