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Former Naval Reserve Center site could become pocket neighborhood

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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.

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