La Crosse Co. will not build Administrative Center on Lot C

Still deciding between remodel or other location

Published On: Jan 07 2014 09:07:51 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 07 2014 11:00:15 PM CST
La Crosse County Administrative Center
LA CROSSE, Wis. -

The future is still uncertain for La Crosse County's Administrative Center. The County Board has been trying to decide the future of the aging building for months now.

On Tuesday, County Administrator Steve O'Malley said they eliminated the option of building on Parking Lot C, across from the County Jail.

O'Malley says part that space will likely turn into private development to grow the tax base. There is no timeline on that project.

Taking that off the table leaves two options for the County Board.

One would remodel the building. The other would build new next to the County Health Building and sell the old building to 360 Real Estate Solutions and Borton Construction.

The companies want to turn it into student housing for Western Technical College students. They put a deadline for a response from the city by next week's County Board Meeting.

"The deadline is coming and there are a number of variables we need to discuss with the committee and get their direction on what makes sense," says O'Malley.