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Charrett used to develop former Exxon Mobil site


LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) ----  For years the City of La Crosse has debated what to do with the 65 acres of land of the former Mobil Oil site. Now the public will have the chance to participate in the process in a way like never before.

The site is in the final stages of clean up which was paid for mostly state and federal grants. The next step is to begin the development process. The City Planning Department decided to use a somewhat new model of city planning that's been used in other parts of the country just not here. It's called a charrett.

A charrett is an intense period of design or planning that are mostly used when designing urban areas. Charretts can be intense and often consist of multiple days of meetings involving city officials, residents and developers all working together.     

Mayor Tim Kabat says this is a serious hands-on approach. "People will actually be able to come in, draw on maps, talk to the designers, get the feedback, talk to contractors as the whole process is being worked on and unveiled." 

Amy Peterson with the City Planning Department says it's exciting. "This is that process condensed into one week. It's public friendly. The design studio is open all the time so folks can just drop in."

Anything goes at the charrett; however plans must enhance the community, have long term development potential, and be economically feasible.

The city says they will host two more meetings before the first day of the seven day charrett on Tuesday, May 13. The event kicks off with a tour of the site. 

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