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UW-L parking ramp proposal high Thursday’s agenda for La Crosse city council



Will the UWL campus get a new parking ramp for 500 cars? That question could be settled Thursday by the La Crosse city council, which meets at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

A rezoning plan to pave the way for a multi-level ramp was voted down by the council finance committee last week, amid public concerns about auto use and climate change.

The proposed ramp would replace an existing surface parking lot with 110 spaces on Vine Street, located near the university’s Center for the Arts.

The facility would hold 550 cars, and is aimed at freeing up more curb space on streets on and near the campus. A piece of land next to the current parking lot would have to be rezoned for the ramp to be built.

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. Barb

    March 14, 2024 at 5:50 am

    J & A voted down the parking ramp zoning. Not F & P.

  2. Come On Man

    March 14, 2024 at 7:34 am

    So for decades the citizens who live around the university have complained about the parking mess.
    Too may cars on the streets and home owners not able to park their cars in front of their own homes. Then if the city had a major snow storm and the vehicles were parked on the wrong side of the street the snow removal was another mess. Now the university has a plan to help alleviate the issue with land they already have and some concerned tree huggers says it will be bad for the environment? WTF?
    Perhaps the university should look into a bicycle ramp for all those people who use that wonderful bike lane on Second Street. Oh wait, none of those bike riders attend the university. Give the homeowners who live around the university and the students who attend that university a break and do something that seems to be a common sense solution to a parking problem that has haunted the city for decades.

    • Sean w Copus

      March 14, 2024 at 7:43 am

      you said it all. these cars will still come, it will only get worse but the tree huggers don’t care until it effects them personally.

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