Plans unveiled for Powell-Hood-Hamilton neighborhood

Published On: Mar 18 2013 10:40:11 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 19 2013 07:45:52 AM CDT
LA CROSSE, Wis. -

A plan months in the making to improve one of La Crosse's most troubled neighborhoods makes it to a final draft.

The details were laid out Wednesday night for resident's of the Powell- Hood- Hamilton neighborhood.

Residents, along with Gundersen Lutheran and city officials have been working together to revitalize one of the city's most blighted neighborhoods.

It's not an immediate redevelopment plan, rather a framework focusing on improving the distressed areas and the safety of the entire neighborhood. "The neighborhood really has been quite blighted for a while, and I would say over the last 10 years you can see improvements, but still I think the drug issue is the real monster right away that has to be handled," said Steve Lenser, a resident in the neighborhood for 65 years.

Other improvements will include updating the parks and making the entire neighborhood more accessible.

The project manager says everything is being well received, but it won't be successful unless the people are fully involved. "The people in this room because they have been involved to date are invested in the process, there's a lot of momentum that has been built, so we're all excited to see how they can come together with the city and Gundersen Lutheran to make the plan a success," said project manager Ben Sporer.

The final plan will be a part of the city council's April meeting cycle.