LA CROSSE, WI (WKBT) -

The makings of a luxury hotel in downtown La Crosse took its first step Friday.

City officials met with Weber Holdings, the group looking to transform the downtown Ross Furniture building into a boutique hotel. It's the first time the groups have met.

They laid out a big picture of what is coming with the development and figured out where problems are going to come based on city ordinances.

The major points they will have to work out are the need for overnight parking, some issues with street lighting, and serving alcohol at sidewalk seating. "There's obviously your wishlist and then there's the city's wishlist and you meet somewhere in the middle, but this will probably go forward either way," said Project Manager Nick Weber of Weber Holdings.

"I'm optimistic we can work something out. It's a good project that they have, it looks really nice, I think it will be a good benefit or addition to our downtown," said  Senior Planner Tim Acklin.

Acklin expects most issues to be handled by the Board of Public Works.

Construction is anticipated to begin before early next spring.