City of Onalaska looking to public for the future of the waterfront

Opinions part of long-term plan to develop land west of the city's railroad tracks

Onalaska is asking the public to help on what to do with its waterfront.

The city is holding a public meeting Wednesday for people to share their ideas about how the land along the Black River should be developed. Their opinions are part of Onalaska’s long term plan to develop the land west of the city’s railroad tracks.

The city has already started developing the land by tearing down an old bait shop and some other buildings.

Mayor Joe Chilsen says it’s important to get the public involved in the project because they are the ones who will ultimately be affected by the development.

“We’re only going to get on shot at this. We want to make sure we do this right and doing it right means doing what the citizens of Onalaska want,” said Mayor Chilsen.

The first meeting will be held Wednesday at Irving Pertzsch Elementary. It will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the community room.