La Crosse Common Council passes Center renovation concepts

The city council voted through renovation plans for the La Crosse Center Thursday night.

With a 12 to 1 vote, the council gave the go ahead to move forward with the North and West concepts. The La Crosse Center Board put its support primarily behind the West Concept which includes an expansion over Front Street without going into Riverside Park.

The Center Board now has to come up with a final design before returning to city committees for another round of votes.

“Really what happens now is the details, so the size and square footage of ballrooms and meeting spaces and the exhibit halls and just what North hall looks like and how all of those pieces and spaces kind of flow together. That’s really what happens next,” said La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat.

Mayor Kabat wants to see the City’s hotel room tax rate also discussed as a way to help pay for the renovation costs. He told the Convention and Visitors Bureau Wednesday he believes raising that tax from 8-percent to 12-percent makes sense, but that idea is only being discussed at this time.

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