Contract signed for development of La Crosse's formal Naval Reserve site

Contract signed for development of La...

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - After years of discussion, plans to develop the former Naval Reserve site on Green Bay Street in La Crosse are moving forward.

The city's Community Development Committee approved an agreement Tuesday with Spies Construction to develop the space into housing.

Plans call for ten cottage-sized houses of about 1,200 square feet to be built around a shared green space.

The so-called 'pocket neighborhood' is a concept the planning department hopes to see take off across the city.

"This is sort of a new, novel housing arrangement in the city, so we're hoping that will provide some variety in town and potentially inspire new kinds of development," said Environmental Planner Lewis Kuhlman. 

The former Naval Reserve site has been vacant since 2007 and the old building was demolished in 2008.

The city hopes to see construction begin in June.

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