La Crosse Center Board hosts public input session on final pair of plans

People hoping to help shape the design of a new-and-improved La Crosse Center are giving their input.

The center board hosted a public input session Thursday night. They presented a plan that primarily extends the Center to the west without going into Riverside Park and another that expands north.

Both include 3 main focuses: updates and maintenance, improved access around the building and an expansion to draw in more and larger events.

People spoke up on the current plans and offered ideas of their own.

“We need to think of the La Crosse Center as providing a public space both on the inside and outside. Being the termination of Pearl Street I think that’s especially an important place that we need to focus on as well as the frontage on the river side,” said La Crosse resident Sam Fischer.

The Center Board says the structure has had a huge impact on our area since it was built in 1980.
With the last expansion already 20 years old they also say it’s good to hear from the public to get plans moving forward.

“We’ve gotten a lot of input from the public, from people who use the Center as tenants of ours, just from a wide variety of people which is what we wanted and I think we’ve accomplished that,” said La Crosse Center Board President Brent Smith.

If you missed the public input session you can still fill out a survey about the proposed changes at the renovation project’s website. Both plans presented will be brought before the City’s Common Council in January.

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