La Crosse, Wisconsin (WXOW) - For months now, the county has faced a decision about the aging Administrative Center.
Its filled with asbestos and in need of millions of dollars in upgrades to the heating and cooling systems.
Monday night, two county committees voted for a third option, buying the current Associated Bank building downtown, and moving county offices into it. It is the least expensive of the options they looked at as well as providing the the most parking. The move still needs approval from the full board.
At a meeting Monday, the committees voted to sell the current building for $250,000 dollars to a developer who would convert it to student housing.
The county would buy and renovate the Associated Bank building and allow Associated Bank the option to relocate to a section of what's known as "Lot c" downtown. The county had considered renovating the current Administrative Center at a cost of about $24 million.
It had also considered selling the building, and adding an addition to the Health and Human Services building to house county offices at a cost of about $20 million.
It was just in the past few days that the county learned of the availability of the Associated Bank building.
"Each piece has to move into its right place for it to work out well," County Board Chair Tara Johnson said. "But it's really exciting, and it's I think a great opportunity to re-purpose a couple of existing buildings, and to really generate some amazing economic development in the city of la Crosse which is in desperate need of more economic development."
The price tag for the Associated Bank building option is about $19.5 million.
The full county board will have the final say on Thursday.
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