Council votes on 'pocket neighborhood,' neighborhood revitalization

Published On: Apr 11 2013 11:32:59 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 12 2013 06:59:55 AM CDT
LA CROSSE, Wis. -

The La Crosse City Council approved a new design called a "pocket neighborhood" at the former site of the Naval Reserve Building near Green Bay Street and Losey Boulevard.

Between ten and 12 smaller homes would be built on the lot and would share a green space.

Council members hope Thursday night's unanimous vote will fill the lot that remained vacant after no builders came forward to build single family homes.

Also, some welcome news for one of La Crosse's neighborhoods looking to improve its image.

The Council unanimously approved the joint plan from Powell-Hood-Hamilton and Gundersen Lutheran to revitalize the neighborhood. That includes adding more street lighting and higher quality rentals.

Council members also initiated the process of renaming Hood Park to George Poage Park or just Poage Park after the first African American athlete from La Crosse to medal in the Olympics.