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County still weighing future of admin. center

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- La Crosse County Board supervisors are still debating the fate of the county administrative building.

The building, which contains asbestos inside that could pose a health hazard to employees and visitors, will either be sold or re-modeled in the coming months.

The county previously received an offer from local developers Borton Construction and Three Sixty Real Estate Solutions who want to buy the building and transform it into student housing for nearby Western Technical College.

Another alternative is to remodel the building. Since the county does not need all of the space contained inside, a portion of the revamped facility would then be leased out.

Tuesday night, the county board went into closed session to discuss an unknown third option.
County Board member Joe Veenstra, who chaired the county's Administrative Center and Downtown Campus Study Committee, said that other option will likely be discussed by the board's executive committee Monday night.

A final decision from the full, county board could come as soon as next Thursday.

"One of the goals we had all along was to find out what all these options are going to cost, and if any other options ever came up that would reduce the price and provide us with what we need, we were going to look into that," he said.

"We don't want to rush into making a decision," Veenstra added.

Veenstra said he doesn't know if Monday's executive committee meeting will go into closed session as well.

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