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Residents will have major input in the North Side development

Residents will have major input in the North Side development

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - La Crosse residents weigh in on the future of the North Side.  The City of La Crosse held the first of several public hearings about how to develop the former Mobile Oil site.

Thursday's meeting wasn't about the city sharing any ideas for the site yet, it was about letting people know how the process will work, and it's clear that resident's will have a lot of feedback on the plan.

The city went over some of the goals of this project.  They want whatever is developed to be compatible with downtown, they want the development to last for 100 years, and they want it to be economically feasible.  Most of all, they want it to be a project of which the city can be proud.

To do that, city planners have set aside seven days in May for a week long planning session called a charrette.  During that time planners, developers, elected officials and designers will meet with residents are hear ideas and concerns.  There will be a series of meetings over that time and at the end of the week, the best idea is presented and the plan moves forward.

The end of the week will not be the end of the process.  There will be several more public meetings through the Summer and the city hopes to have a plan finalized by August.

The city will have regular updates on a website that they set up at grandrivergreatcity.com

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