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Revitalization plans for a south side neighborhood

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - The community will get its first look at plans to revamp a neighborhood near Gundersen Lutheran Monday night.

The Powell-Hood Hamilton neighborhood is on La Crosse's south side.

The plan is a collaborative effort from businesses, residents, city officials and Gundersen Lutheran.

While plans will be revealed Monday night, the proposal will be a framework to follow over the years.

It may include mixed use development, or street construction, but all the plans have a common goal: to rid of the neighborhood's stigma.

"The stigma has been, over the years, that it's not a desirable place (to live). But that's not true. We want that stigma to go away. There's a lot of nice homes, there's a lot of nice people in that neighborhood that really want to live and retire in the neighborhood for the long hall," said Michael Richards, executive director of external affairs at Gundersen Lutheran.

All parties involved want to show one of La Crosse's oldest neighborhoods has longevity.

"I think everybody will want it to happen right away but this is a process, and it's going to take some time," Richards said. "We just need to put the playbook and the framework in place that as things happen overtime, we're following (it) as best as we can."

Before any plans are approved, city officials, Gundersen Lutheran and residents need to agree the plan is what's best for the community.

Public meetings have received good support, according to Richards. He says 60 to 70 people have attended each one.

The Powell-Hood Hamilton/Gundersen Lutheran joint neighborhood meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday night in the south side Neighborhood Center. That's located at 1300 6th Street South.

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