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Delay is requested in Copper Rocks construction at old Kmart in La Crosse



A new development planned at the old Kmart site on State Road in La Crosse could be postponed for a few more months.

Monday, the city plan commission is expected to review a request to delay construction on the Copper Rocks project.

The old K-Mart along Losey Boulevard has been empty since 2017

In January of last year, Three-Sixty Real Estate Solutions unveiled plans for housing and retail development on the lot at State Road and Losey, where Kmart opened in the 1960s.

Back in August, Three-Sixty told WIZM increases in construction costs and a slowdown in rentals have led to the delay.

The company originally had hoped to have most of the construction done during 2022.

The company would like an 18-month extension on the project, in the hope that costs will go down and an interest in renting will go up.

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. Kathy Kircheis

    October 1, 2023 at 4:02 pm

    Seriously? They’re waiting for costs to go DOWN? Get real. La Crosse should give up on Three Sixty for this project and look for someone that has a more realistic idea.

    • Yvonne

      October 2, 2023 at 1:16 pm

      I’m with you. Costs of building products will never go down; what a joke. The city should offer this land to someone willing to build now. But they won’t.

  2. Richard Lepsch

    October 2, 2023 at 5:33 am

    Costs going down with bidenomics is like betting on a dead horse to win a horse race…stolden elections have very bad consequences even for the non elitist democrats.

    • AJ

      October 2, 2023 at 4:37 pm

      The only people who tried to “stold” the election was Trump and his nutjob accomplices (aka codefendents and convicted criminals) by coercing election officials, attacking the Capitol building, trying to introduce fake electors etc.

      In contrast, many audits and failed legal challenges with no actual evidence have shown there was no widespread election fraud. Biden won solely because more people voted for him than voted for Trump. Period.

  3. R head

    October 2, 2023 at 8:06 am

    Make it a campground for the homeless. Then maybe Mitch could take care of the problem It close to food and booze. Lot of places to piss and shit.

  4. Bob N

    October 2, 2023 at 8:49 am

    That U-Haul business that wanted the site with the city taxes it would have paid is looking better all the time. The one in Winona right along the highway looks fine and it’s right near snooty St. Mary’s College and the Knopp Valley posh homes.

  5. Just me

    October 2, 2023 at 3:22 pm

    Yep city should put the homeless there. Great idea. It is Right on bus line.
    Any of the homeless want to destroy stuff arrest them. Thats why they got kicked out of the motels.
    Take care of the problem makers amoung the homeless put them in drug rehab or alchol rehab or jail. Then the homeless really wanting help can get it.

  6. Michael

    October 2, 2023 at 4:54 pm

    Yep that’s the city of lacrosse for you ! Little north Korea !!

  7. Bill

    October 2, 2023 at 5:55 pm

    If you were business savvy you would know that to go ahead with a project that isn’t going to be financially successful is pure stupidity. Maybe if president trump is re-elected to the presidency like he rightfully should have been then maybe the economy will turn around and grow again like it did when he was in office.

  8. Therese F.

    October 3, 2023 at 8:34 am

    Way to go La Crosse! Need new city leaders!

  9. C kosin

    October 3, 2023 at 11:19 am

    Lots of companies to take over this project and bring needed commerce or residences to the area

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