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Changes at former Naval Reserve site, and increase in city buses are discussed by La Crosse city council committee



You could soon see more garden space, and a possible memorial, on the former Naval Reserve property in La Crosse.

The city finance committee has approved a resolution to waive plans for a memorial on the former reserve center site along Green Bay Street. The Navy building was demolished two decades ago, and a pocket neighborhood has been developed on that block.

FILE PHOTO: La Crosse Mayor Mitch Reynolds honors developer Delores Spies in 2023, for building new homes on the former Naval Reserve site (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

The portion of the block that had been set aside for a proposed city memorial to the naval center would be transferred to a developer. The full city council is expected to vote on the plan next week.

In other business on Thursday, the committee authorized the purchase of five new diesel buses for the MTU. Transit director Adam Lorentz tells the committee that the average useful life of a city bus is 12 years, and 9 of the buses in the La Crosse fleet have passed that 12-year mark.

FILE – La Crosse city buses at Grand River Station (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

The MTU also has two electric buses, but Lorentz says the wait for a new electric vehicle can take several months, so diesel buses remain in demand.

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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