LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Coulee Council on Addictions is one step closer to building a new recovery center after a busy night Thursday at City Hall.
La Crosse's Common Council voted to rezone a lot of land on Ferry Street clearing the way for the project to move forward.
The proposal needed a supermajority of 10 votes in order to be approved and did pass by a 10-to-3 margin.
Those who voted against the rezoning said they understood the importance of the work done by the organization, but believed the lot should be used as residential space instead.
After a sometimes contentious months-long process, officials at Coulee Council on Addictions were overcome with emotion following the decision.
"We're thrilled the city council saw a vision for the future of La Crosse. It brings a positive message to the recovering community in La Crosse, for people that are seeking recovery, for residents of the neighborhood, for people in the city of La Crosse, it means a great deal for them," said Coulee Council Board President Dan Radtke.
Coulee Council on Addictions hopes to have shovels in the ground for the new recovery center by the end of the month and move into the new building by May.
Executive Dir. Cheryl Hancock released this statement after tonight's vote:
We are thrilled that the city council voted to rezone Mayo Clinic’s Health Systems property so that we may begin the construction of our new facility. It is a positive message for individuals in our community seeking recovery and the families that support them. We recognize how difficult a decision this was for the council and appreciate their thoughtful consideration of our request.
Coulee Council looks forward to working with the Washburn Neighborhood and continue our commitment to be good neighbors and become an asset to the neighborhood. This is a good thing for the City of La Crosse as a whole and we are thankful for the City Council and the Mayor for recognizing that.
Tonight’s decision puts us one step closer to our dream of providing a safe and welcoming place for those seeking long term recovery. This would not be possible without the visionary gift of land by Mayo Clinic Health System, the many generous benefactors who have come forward to financially support our campaign and the hundreds of volunteers and CCA visitors who have attended numerous meetings to show support for our project.
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