La Crosse committee opts not to double mobile home parcel lease, settles on lower amount

Pact on .8-acre in Rivercrest Village on South Side advances to Common Council
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LA CROSSE (WKBT) — The La Crosse Finance & Personnel Committee backed away from a proposal to more than double the rent for a parcel in the Rivercrest Village mobile home park on the city’s South Side.

Instead of increasing the lease from $3,892 to $9,600, the committee settled on an amendment to a $5,000, one-year lease extension Thursday night.

The approval came after the six mobile home owners on the .88-acre parcel resisted the proposed $9,600 lease. Tuesday night, the City Plan Commission voted to delay a decision for a month to allow further negotiations.

City planner Andrea Trane told F&P Committee members that the revision to settle on $5,000, which now goes to the Common Council, is intended to avoid dragging out the matter.

The $9,600 figure is based on current market valuation. said Trane, who said Rivercrest Village Partners had wanted to buy the property instead of continuing to pay rent. The parcel is valued at $96,300, according to the city assessor

The parcel with the six homes is on the northern tip of Rivercrest Village, which has nearly 180 lots.

The issue dates to 1997, when the city acquired the parcel in connection with construction of the Pammel Creek flood channel.

The city had leased it to the mobile home owners for 25 years, but that agreement expired last month. The original lease was for $2,380 a year, adjusted annually based on the Consumer Price Index to $3,892 in 2021.

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