LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) -

A local development company is hoping to give purpose to a slice of unused land in La Crosse.

Water Place One LLC out of La Crescent is requesting the city of La Crosse rezone land north of the county-owned property at Park Plaza to residential. It's also asking the city to declare a small piece of land where a waste water treatment plant is located, a surplus property.

The development company wants to eventually buy the land from the city to develop it into housing along the river.

There's been a number of market studies that have been done really trying to identify what would be an appropriate use and residential was the one that continues to be strong a reuse for that," said Mayor Tim Kabat.

Mayor Kabat hopes developing the land into a tax based residential property will help build on the city's economy.