Grand River Station Retail Spaces Still Empty But With Growing Interest
Although there's been lingering storefront vacancies throughout downtown La Crosse in the last few years, none has had more attention than those in the city-owned Grand River Station on third street. Those particular storefronts are in a thirty million dollar building that was years in the making and held all the promise of a revitalized downtown when it was envisioned. And, while the Grand River Station's apartments have rented well since the building opened, the retail spots on the ground floor have not. But that appears to be on the verge of changing. Because, as Downtown Mainstreet director Tim Kabat says, the downtown itself is a healthier place for business.
Kabat says this week he's talked to the rental agent for the Grand River Station retail sites and there appears to be growing interest. Though, to this point, that interest has yet to turn into a signed rental contract.
Media Request To Open Bryan Stanley Files Mostly Denied
A complicated court ruling on the question of whether Bryan Stanley's court records will be released to the public.
A state appeals court has affirmed a judge's order to deny media access to some records, but a slightly edited version of one record might be released. The La Crosse Tribune has sued in court to get information about Stanley's medical condition after his release from the Mendota institute. He was committed to the state hospital for 20 years after killing three men at an Onalaska church in 1985. The appeals court decision comes out the same week that Stanley has been sent back to Mendota for treatment, after experiencing some 'anxiety' recently.
Billings Gets Byways Bill Through
A bill passed by the senate and assembly this week, would would change eligibility standards for the scenic byway program to include non state roadways, such as Bliss Road in La Crosse. It was penned by Representative Jill Billings and Senator Jennifer Shilling, both of La Crosse. We asked Billings how she got the bill, which received bi partisan support, to go through.
Currently in Wisconsin, only state or federal roadways are permitted designation, leaving many city, town and county roadways unable to apply for this program. Expanding the program to non state roadways would not only preserve more of Wisconsin’s scenic and historical areas, but allow for additional state and federal funds to help with promotion and upkeep of these local roadways.
Car Crashes On Foggy Roads
Three-car accident near the McDonald's on Highway 16, in the Valley View Mall area. Apparently, no serious injuries.
A crash also reported on Highway 53 near Galesville, slowing down southbound traffic headed toward La Crosse.
Concussion Bill Being Looked At Locally
The state Senate has approved a bill designed to reduce concussions in youth sports. And even though several local high schools have tight protocols on how to handle them, MVC Commissioner, Terry Erickson, says schools may be adding to their current programs soon.
The bill would require the state and the WIAA to educate players, coaches and parents about concussions. Athletes who suffer apparent head injuries would have to be removed from practice or games. They would be prohibited from returning until they get a medical examination. The bill awaits a signature from the governor.