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18-month extension on Kmart development approved La Crosse city committee



A delay of up to 18 months for the proposed Copper Rocks development in La Crosse has been okayed by a city council committee.

Three-Sixty Real Estate Solutions said high construction costs are one major reason why development of apartment buildings and retail at the former Kmart site should be postponed.

Council member Chris Woodard asked why it takes projects a long time to get going in La Crosse, compared to other cities.

“It doesn’t seem like they’re having any issue putting them up” in other cities, Woodard said. “We go to Green Bay, we go to Milwaukee, we go to Madison, we go to Eau Claire, and they’re poppin’ up everywhere. I don’t understand what we have goin’ on here.”

Designs for the Kmart plan, named Copper Rocks, were unveiled in early 2022.

Jeremy Novak with Three-Sixty told the city’s Judiciary and Administration committee that the company wants to move ahead with the project.

“I really believe that ultimately, it’s not a question of if this project happens, it’s when,” Novak said. He added that he hopes to “get dirt flying next year.”

The full city council will discuss the extension at its Oct. 12 meeting.

Plans for a development called Copper Rocks were made public in early 2022

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. Richard Lepsch

    October 5, 2023 at 6:15 am

    If you think things are going to get better under bidenomics than your living In a dysfunctional deranged delusional fantasy world of the Biden regime.

  2. nick

    October 5, 2023 at 11:29 am

    The city council has to start asking hard questions that they do not seem to have asked.
    How are they able to build elsewhere and not here.
    Why is the preparation at the site across from Festival on Copeland still going on as we speak?
    Kmart will not be torn down until 360 is fully committed to building on that site and I am not convinced they are fully committed.

  3. Longtimer

    October 6, 2023 at 4:16 pm

    Apologies to those who thinks its an eyesore but the lot is private property. The timing of when something is built there is up to the owner. The city has a say in zoning and in permits but it cannot compel anyone to redevelop against their wishes.

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