Crews break ground on apartment project in old Bakalars Sausage building

The building will be home to 25 families.

La Crosse’s Southside is getting a new look along with some new residents.

Crews broke ground Tuesday on the new 2219 lofts in the former Bakalars sausage factory on South Avenue.

The new apartments across from the Gundersen Brewery Lofts will be home to 25 families.

Developers are using historic tax credits to help restore the building.

In just 5 years the building went from being almost destroyed by a tornado to filling a much needed gap in the city.

“Several years ago we have talked about how do we leverage our local dollars to do more affordable housing. This project is direct out growth of those discussions,” says La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat.

The building is expected to be open sometime in November.