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Affordable housing plan for office building gets committee approval in La Crosse

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The idea of developing apartments for affordable housing in a La Crosse office building has cleared its first hurdle at City Hall.

The Community Development Committee on Tuesday gave the OK on a plan for putting housing in the Marine Credit Union building on Monitor Street.

“Affordable housing is housing that’s designed and made available and affordable to those that are making 80 percent of the county median income or less,” Community Development Administrator Diane McGinnis Casey said. “Supportive housing is really those wrap-around services that really help a tenant be successful.”

McGinnis Casey added that the 30 units planned for the building are not being designed to shelter homeless people, who are in La Crosse.

The full city council has to approve the deal, which could require American Rescue Plan Act funding of around $2.6 million.

McGinnis Casey said work could start on the building renovation in a few months — probably in the spring — but “the sooner, the better,” she noted.

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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