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More than 200 housing units planned in latest design for Kmart lot in La Crosse

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Plans to redevelop the old Kmart site off Losey Boulevard are expected to move ahead at La Crosse city meetings this month.

The ISG company is submitting more information to City Hall about its Copper Rocks project.

The former Kmart, which closed five years ago, would be torn down and replaced with six buildings which would contain just over 200 residential units, intended mainly as “workforce” housing.

The proposal will be reviewed by the council Judiciary & Administration Committee at its meeting on Tuesday night (agenda here) and also has been sent to the city plan commission (agenda).

Earlier this year, architects had declared that they wanted to get something built on the Kmart lot before this October or else construction might have to wait until next year.

The name “Copper Rocks” has been suggested for the project at Losey and State roads, because of the copper-like color of sunsets on the bluffs near the Kmart property.

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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  1. Yvonne Johnston

    July 4, 2022 at 10:45 am

    I hope the rent for the new apartments will not run as high as most apartments in La Crosse do presently. I believe the average rent now is $1000-1200 a month for a one bedroom and $1500 for a two bedroom. I had to move because the new owners of my previous apartment doubled the monthly rent on a two bedroom. Why do you think the average ‘worker’ can afford such high rent? They can’t, so please don’t charge the rent I mentioned for these new apartments.

  2. Ellen Robbins

    July 4, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    If it’s considered “workforce” housing it should be affordable to the ” workforce”.

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