One city council committee and City Hall staffers in La Crosse has gotten a closer look at new building plans for Mayo Health System.
Mayo has long-range plans to replace its current La Crosse hospital and the Skemp Clinic, and expand the existing Center for Advanced Medicine.
During a Friday meeting of the Commercial/Multi-Family Design Review Committee, Stephanie Sward of the city engineering staff said Mayo has to be sure that it doesn’t shut off West Avenue when the time comes for construction.
“We cannot allow you to close West Avenue,” says Sward. “It needs to be done where there’s at least one lane in each direction open at all times.”
“There wasn’t any measurement to the cooling tower or the mechanical units on the roof,” says city building inspector David Reinhart. “We would need those measurements to determine what the setbacks would be.”
Other areas of concern about the Mayo project are sufficient parking, and how flash flooding might be prevented on the property. Mayo has suggested that construction might begin in March.