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Credit union offices in north La Crosse could be turned into affordable housing

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Attempts to buy the La Crosse Chamber of Commerce building and a local motel didn’t work out, but La Crosse city leaders have yet another plan to develop affordable housing.

The city’s Community Development Committee is being asked at a 4 p.m. meeting Tuesday to use up to $2.6 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) relief funds to buy the Marine Credit Union offices on Monitor Street in north La Crosse (map).

According to a resolution posted on the city website, up to 30 housing units could be developed at the Marine building, which has been listed for sale. The resolution says homeless people are among the potential tenants who could occupy the building.

City leaders are looking for places to house unsheltered residents, including the people now living in Houska Park, who will have to leave that park at the end of October.

CouleeCap, Inc., in La Crosse, counted 140 who were unsheltered one night in July.

Back in December, the city and county ventured in a combined effort to try and buy the Chamber of Commerce building downtown, but once word got out it was going to be bought for bridge housing, another buyer came in with a cash offer and bought the building.

In late February, the city then tried on its own to buy a south side motel for bridge housing. month later, that deal fell through, the city saying the building updates weren’t made after an inspection.

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. Kent

    September 13, 2022 at 10:42 am

    AS I SE IT ; 2.6 million dollars of COVID money to buy the Marine credit Union building is our tax money that should be used to help people and bussiness that were affected by covid shut downs , This is going to help 30 HOMELESS people , what are they going to do with the other 150 homeless that will be kicked out of Houska park campground in October ? And these Homless folks still need to get help for alachol and drug addictions , Another case of the Mayor kicking the can down the road , Let’s do what the Texas Govenor did and move the homeless next to the Mayors house or in the city board members neighberhoods

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