LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – Earlier this week, the city’s Redevelopment Authority, with the public’s help, released their plan on how to use over 65 acres of unused land on the city’s north side.
The group proposes adding housing, restaurants, and water access among many other significant improvements to the site.
The Riverside North seven-day charrette concluded on Tuesday, and the Redevelopment Authority wants to make sure they keep the ball rolling on the current project.
In a Thursday evening meeting, the group made it clear that for the project to continue to move forward, the first thing they need to do is get the site above the flood plain.
Some areas of the site need to be raised between three and four feet, and the city is seeking community partners to help supply fill to help make the site developable.
Committee member Adam Hatfield said finding fill is the “heavy lifting” of the beginning stages of the project.
“I think moving forward, it’ll be our job, the Redevelopment Authority’s job, to make that vision a reality. I think that this could be a draw for La Crosse and the region, and maybe an international draw for La Crosse as well. It’s exciting, it’s a really exciting process to be a part of,” Hatfield said.
Hatfield said the group will continue to put the public’s best interest first. The Redevelopment Authority said they’ll be drafting a request for qualification for developers, and it could be sent out in either June or July.
Redevelopment Authority Director Larry Kirch said they’d like to hear from contractors who may have extra fill, and they will be seeking federal grant opportunities as well.
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