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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.
The public hearings are over.....public meetings are over........and now it's a sit and wait game for those involved in the CAPX 2020 high voltage tranmission line project. Tim Carlsgaard has gone to over 50 of these meetings and says in the end.........the public for both sides of the project came out and spoke.
The state's Public Service Commission will now go over all of the plans and all of the public comments and will rule in June where the lines will go and how powerful they will be. Construction would begin in 2013, with the line in service by 2015.
There's always somebody left a little unhappy at the end of a legislative session in Madison. No exception for the current one. Wisconsin lawmakers end their session today with many things they could have done, says Jay Heck from Wisconsin Common Cause, like creating disclosure rules for campaign spending and improving the redistricting process. Although, Heck says, he's not all that surprised they never got to those issues
Heck says the largest part of the failure of lawmakers to get traction on many issues is how divided the capitol remains.
A restructuring of La Crosse's northside would be costly, but it could create some valuable returns as well. The essence of a nearly-completed study done on options for re-doing interstate exit three, the highlights of which were delivered in a presentation by the city last night. The DOT wants to rebuild exit 3 and some in city and county government believe that could be an opportunity to shift highways 35 and 53 and simultaneously open more land by the Black River for development and park area. Two alternatives in the study would channel traffic down George street, shutting down Rose, and displacing dozens of homes and businesses, costing the city thirty million dollars and creating a park by the river. The benefit? The road shift could triple property value in the area.
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.