LA CRESCENT, Minn. (WXOW) - A new elementary school, community center, and senior housing facility, all were on the agenda Thursday night at a special meeting with the La Crescent City Council, the City Planning Commission, and the La Crescent-Hokah School District.
The city will soon see multiple changes that city officials said are a long time coming. La Crescent Mayor Mike Poellinger said, "We want to be a growing community so we need all of these things to come together." All of these things include building a new elementary school, one that would bring students to the 21st century."
"The school building from 1950 does not support the needs of students today," said La Crescent-Hokah School District Superintendent Ron Wilke.
The district wants to build a new elementary school on the current Abnet Field. They would make updates to an aging infrastructure and create a safer school entrance, among other things. Then the old school land could become a senior housing facility.
The city has been trying to add more senior housing for more than five years, according to Mayor Poellinger. "We've lost a number of people in the last few years", said Poellinger, and there are a number of plans to keep those people in La Crescent.
Besides using the school land, another option would be to put senior housing at Veterans Park.
With multiple proposals in place, the city and district is opening its ears to the public, to hopefully, find a way to make the changes the city says it needs.
The city also plans to build a community center, either on Veterans Park or the current elementary school site. That's if they school district moves forward with building a new school. The school board says they'll take the plan to voters, and they hope to have a referendum by January 2015.
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