LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – Downtown La Crosse could see a new hotel spring up in the near future.
Central States Warehouse Owner and CEO Cliff LeCleir said he is planning to demolish his abandoned warehouse property located on the north side near the Oktoberfest grounds. In place of the warehouse, LeCleir hopes to place a four-story Hilton-Hampton Inn & Suites Hotel.
The property, located off of 2nd and Pine Street and owned by LeCleir since 2006, sits on over three and a half acres of land. LeCleir said he purchased the property in hopes of building a hotel immediately, but the Great Recession in the late-2000's delayed possible building plans.
After eight years, LeCleir said if everything goes according to plan, demolition of the warehouse is expected by early June.
Before a possible demolition though, LeCleir said the next step is to meet with local residents and possible investors, as the overall goal of the possible hotel project is to give the public a positive return on their investment.
The completion date and estimated cost for the hotel both remain uncertain for now, but LeCleir said it would be "nothing but a boost" for La Crosse.
"I love this city. I want to see it prosper. I've been through the ups and downs, and having the Hilton group fits into the vision to make downtown La Crosse a go-to place. The warehouse is an albatross in the center of nice things and we need a change," LeCleir said.
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