LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - The site where the Naval Reserve Center once stood on Green Bay Street, could become a "pocket neighborhood."
La Crosse Director of Planning, Larry Kirch, is looking to create 10 to 12 compact, single-family homes on the empty lot, known as a "pocket neighborhood." The homes would share a central green space, Kirch said.
The almost 1.5 acre lot has been marketed twice before. In that time, the city received no proposals development, except a proposal for 12 side-by-side condominiums, Kirch said.
But neighbors said they want owner-occupied homes in the space, he added.
"So that's one market for people who live in the neighborhood who could stay in the neighborhood," Kirch said. "There's a concept people are taking about called "aging in place." So, just because you're getting older, and you don't want to take care of a big house, you can live in a smaller house (and) get to live in the neighborhood."
Kirch said mapping out the lot to see if the concept is feasible will cost around $8,000-$12,500. The Planning Department hopes to use federal grant money.
The Planning Commission approved the proposal Monday night.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2013 WorldNow and WXOW. All Rights Reserved.
Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Theresa Wopat at 507-895-9969. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at firstname.lastname@example.org.