More than a year after stalled efforts, Onalaska's cultural and tourism center is once again moving forward.
As part of the waterfront re-development project, the city is putting together a nearly $2.5 million center. It will be built along Highway 35, just north of the interstate.
The project was talked about very little since last December, until the mayor helped get it back on track.
The building will serve as the trail head for the Great River State Trail, an exhibition area, and a welcome center for visitors. "It's kind of a central point for people heading in from Minnesota and up and down Wisconsin to have a nice meeting area to bring it all together for this area," said Katie Meyer with the city's planning and zoning department.
Before construction can begin, officials need to make the trail head more accessible and wait for an archeological dig for historical artifacts. They also still need to acquire some of the property.
Construction is slated to begin late fall of next year, and the center should be open September 2015.