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As La Crosse to break ground on $4.4 million firehouse, as old station goes on the market



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La Crosse’s fire department will break ground Thursday for a new $4.4 million fire station on Gillette Street.

It will be built next door to the existing firehouse that’s over 80 years old.

Meanwhile, the city is starting the process of selling that old firehouse and its lot.

City planner Andrea Trane said the history of Fire Station No. 4 may help bring in development money for potential buyers.

“This property was nominated and accepted to be on the local register of historic places,” Trane told the Economic and Community Development Commission on Wednesday. “That should help if they do want to get historic tax credits through the national level, that would allow them to help on some of the cost of the development of that property.”

The La Crosse city council recently declared the old fire station to be surplus land that could be offered for sale.

“The fire department will not need that property, once they have the new fire station up and running, which they expect to be sometime late summer, early fall of 2024,” Trane said.

The groundbreaking for the new Station No. 4 is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Last month, the fire department finished building station No. 2 near UW-La Crosse, which cost $7.2 million.

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. Nick

    July 27, 2023 at 6:44 am

    The building being on the registry makes it harder and costlier to renovate. Of course, why would the slop shod media want to to mention that.

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