North-side students will be moving into a brand-new
school this fall, as North Side Elementary opens its
the future of their old building is moving forward
News 8's Leah Linscheid joins us in the studio with
the latest on Roosevelt Elementary.
Both the city and the La Crosse School District are
taking a look at their options to re-develop Roosevelt
Elementary, into apartments.
Aside from finding a new purpose for the historic
city officials say it could offer residents a type
of housing that's severely lacking in La Crosse.
This old elementary may be quiet now.
but there are big plans in the works to bring life
back to its halls.
We have 4 proposals, three were for Roosevelt School
Three different developers have approached La Crosse
city officials with plans to redevelop the elementary
into mixed-income housing.
The proposals we would see would repurpose the school
plus townhome units
The numbers kinda ranged from $7 million of new development
that you can possibly see on that site.
The proposals offer an answer to what city officials
call a big problem in La Crosse.
We've heard through our analyses there's definitely
a lack of both affordable rental housing but more
specifically rental new housing in our community that's
safe and quality housing.
According to one estimate, for every 64 people searching
for housing that fits their income within the city,
there's only one apartment available.
The Roosevelt redevelopment would provide around 44
more apartments for those people, should the city
move forward with a developer's offer.
People are really excited especially in La Crosse
with how old our homes are, to get something brand
We want to be supportive and see Roosevelt turn into
something that the neighborhood is proud of, that's
back on the tax base
It's too early in the planning process to predict
what exactly will fill the space left behind here,
but officials are eager to return Roosevelt to the
tax roll and offer La Crosse residents a new place
to call home.
Both the city and the school district are going through
the vetting process of these developers separately
- meaning in theory, they could choose different developers
or different projects for the future of Roosevelt
If that does happen, Mayor Kabats says the city would
just shift its chosen project to a new site somewhere
else in La Crosse, so that both could still move forward.
Once a developer is chosen, construction would likely
start in late 20-15, with a finished project slated
for sometime in 20-16.