City leaders, residents oppose U-Haul’s plans for former Kmart building

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Several residents living in the neighborhood surrounding the former Kmart site on the corner of Losey Boulevard and State Road are pushing back at U-Haul’s recent purchase.

Through the Freedom of Information Act, News 8 Now obtained multiple emails residents sent to the City of La Crosse, expressing concern over the use of the site.

U-Haul plans to open a temporary retail showroom with a limited stock of moving supplies.

In the future, it would like to expand into a facility for self-storage and truck and trailer sharing.

But to do that the site would have to be rezoned, according to the city’s senior planner.

That’s something Mayor Tim Kabat, the city Planning & Development Department, and some council members do not support.

Since the former Kmart closed in 2017 there has been continued discussion about what to do with the site.

There is popular agreement to use it for a mix of residential and commercial space.

This was reiterated in the opposition emails the city received.

According to a statement Wednesday from councilmember Gary Padesky, U-Haul hasn’t filed any paperwork for rezoning yet.

Once/if the paperwork is filed it would then go to council for approval.