One of the old south-side motels in La Crosse could be converted to temporary housing for the unsheltered.
The city council has a special session Tuesday night to vote on the proposed purchase of the Maple Grove Motel on Mormon Coulee Road.
This plan comes nearly three months after city and county officials attempted to buy the Chamber of Commerce headquarters, before a private purchase cash offer of $2.1 million was accepted.
And, just last week, the city’s Park Board made Houska Park a temporary campground for the year, as the deal to shelter homeless in the Econo Lodge expires April 1.
During the meeting, La Crosse Police Chief Shawn Kudron said there has been an average of 100 calls to the Econo Lodge a month, though they are mostly “trouble with party” calls, which means it’s more of a concern with an individual, not criminal or dangerous.
The motel along Highway 35 has been available for sale. The city could spend as much as $1.2 million of ARPA funding on the purchase. The city used $700,000 in funding on the Econolodge deal.
A resolution says the motel site could be converted to multiple family housing in the near future.