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Alley vacation near Mayo could be delayed by La Crosse city council

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Mayo is getting ready to break ground for its new hospital building in La Crosse, but a city council committee still has questions about removing an alley to make way for the project. 

The finance committee has approved a 30-day delay on the vacation of an alley near the current hospital.  Mayor Mitch Reynolds says a delay isn’t going to help the hospital project.

“What we’re doing is we’re limiting their ability to move forward on this incredible project for the city of La Crosse,” says Reynolds. “This is part of their entire project. It’s not separate from the hospital, it is part of the hospital project.”    

Several neighbors of Mayo are concerned that losing the alley between 10th and 11th Streets will limit their ability to travel in that area.   Council member Mackenzie Mindel says she has been contacted by 20 to 30 people over three days about the alley project.

Mayor Reynolds said that getting rid of an alley is not an unusual move, noting that an old alley near the Main Street library was recently vacated. 

A groundbreaking for the new hospital is set for next week.  

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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