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La Crosse’s old south library gets historic status, after potential buyers sent city proposals



FILE - The south branch library in La Crosse closed on November of last year, because of budget cuts (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

A La Crosse city committee granted historic landmark status Thursday to the former South Community Library, which closed last year.

The Heritage Preservation Commission voted to declare the old library on 16th Street as an historic local landmark.

A month ago, prospective buyers made offers to city hall to convert the building to new uses or remove it in favor of new development.

The assessed value of the building and land is $348,000.

The landmark designation to preserve the library is considered binding, unless that decision is appealed to the city council.

Members of the audience at the meeting applauded the commission’s vote to recommend landmark status for the building.

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. Roy

    May 24, 2024 at 2:30 pm

    What unelected power this Heritage Preservation Commission has. It simply declares a property “historic” and it can’t be touched if a neutral City Council fails to act.

    How would you like your house or maybe your grandparents’ house declared “Historic”? You then have no say over it’s status. But, like so many unelected government agencies “They know best”.

  2. Lucenut

    May 31, 2024 at 11:07 am

    Libraries are an antiquated scheme from when the cost of a book was equal to a week’s wages. It is now completely unnecessary and should be abolished. The social justice warriors and city planners have turned the libraries into social engineering platforms. Drag queen story hours, bums looking at internet porn… It’s time to end this boondoggle.

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