La Crosse City Plan Commission discusses 2021-2025 Capital Improvement Budget

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – One of the proposals in La Crosse’s 2021-2025 Capital Improvement Budget is a public safety center on La Crosse’s southside.

The building would combine elements for both the fire and police departments and would be located in the area of Ferry Street, Fourth Street, Market Street, and Fifth Avenue.

In the city’s budget summary report, $1 million has already been set aside for the project next year.

On Monday the City Plan Commission discussed the project further.

Some members of the commission think the new center should be put off until 2022.

They say they would like the public’s input, especially because the project takes away residential space.

In addition, some members feel money needs to put elsewhere, like public spaces.

“What has happened in the previous motion was we denied an improvement in a community park, and now here we are, with no public comment, no real plan in place, were going to authorize $1 million for this facility,” said Christine Kahlow, member of the commission.

Kahlow says she supports the project, but the timing is off.

Other members say now it the time to do the project because of the real estate opportunities in the proposed location.

The amendment to hold off on the project was denied by a 4 to 2 vote.

The 2021-2025 Capital Improvement Budget was approved, 5 to 1.

To see more from Monday’s meeting, click here.