City takes first steps for ‘Castle’ bed and breakfast proposal

La Crosse City Planning Commission recommends approval for conditional use permit

The City of La Crosse is taking the first step in re-purposing an iconic home.

The city planning commission unanimously voted Monday night to recommend approval for a conditional use permit to turn the home known as the “Castle on Cass” into a bed and breakfast. The home is in negotiations to be bought by a pair of business owners who plan to eventually offer up to six rooms to paying customers.

The sale is conditional on getting the required permits from the city.

City officials say they want to make sure food will only be served to paying guests and there’s enough parking in the area.

“We don’t get too many bed and breakfasts and we tried to address requirements that were in our code to make sure that they follow them all, and we tried to address concerns of some of the surrounding property owners,” said Senior City Planner Tim Acklin.

If the permits are approved by the city and the sale goes through, the prospective owners hope to have the bed and breakfast open by next spring.