La Crosse, WI -
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – Tuesday night marked the final night of the seven day charrette (planning period) for the Riverside North Redevelopment, as the city’s Redevelopment Authority presented its final recommendation on how to use 65 acres of prime real estate just north of downtown.
The 18-member team, with help from the public, squeezed in a year and a half of planning into seven days—with the goal to create something unique along the northside.
Some of the things the group is proposing putting on the site are apartment complexes, housing, restaurants, scenic overlooks, boat slips, and floating boardwalks.
The project could last between five and ten years, and La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat said he was very impressed with the presentation. “It’s a piece that has been sitting idle for many, many years, and it’s under utilized. The fact that its an opportunity to clean up the environment, to add features and access for trails and water and all of that," Kabat said.
Redevelopment Authority Director Larry Kirch said the key for this project to move forward is to take advantage of grant opportunities—and keep the public involved every step of the way.
Kirch said if the project does move forward, Riverside North Redevelopment could create $80 million in tax base.
The Redevelopment Authority will progress into the post-charrette phase to fine-tune the current plan. The phase could span the entire summer, and Kirch said the group hopes to have a final plan adopted by September.
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