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5th Ward Residences going up on former Trane factory site

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An apartment complex is going up now on a north La Crosse lot, almost a decade after plans were announced for more housing in that area. 

The former location of Trane Plant 6 near La Crosse Footwear and Lang Drive will now be known as 5th Ward Residences.  The first of two large apartment buildings is close to being finished for occupation in October, according to Linda Seidel from Three Sixty Real Estate.

The apartments will rise four stories above the street, with a studio apartment going for about $800 a month. A 2-bedroom unit will rent for about $1300. All the apartments will have their own washers and dryers.

Property manager Lloyd McKinney looks out a window of a new apartment, facing the bluffs and the rubber mills

Fourteen town houses for sale will be finished by September, under the current schedule. There will also be a community center on site, and space for business incubators.

Plans for developing the Trane site were announced in 2013, shortly after Tim Kabat was elected mayor of La Crosse, but the current project was approved just last year.

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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