Public gives input on plans for site of former Naval Reserve Center

The city of La Crosse turns to the public for input on an empty plot of land on La Crosse’s south side. 

The land was once the old Naval Reserve site across from Central High School.

For more than a year, the city has been looking for ways to develop the land, even potentially creating a pocket neighborhood in the area. However, negotiations with developers were unsuccessful.

The city held a public meeting Wednesday night for residents to contribute their own ideas to attract future developers.    

Members from the planning and development department say they’re keeping an open mind when it comes to plans for the space.

“We see an opportunity to do something different that could maybe set a different standard for the type of housing that people might look at,” said the Dir. of Planning and Development Jason Gilman.

Planners have interviewed multiple developers to gather feedback.

The group will now look at the ideas from Wednesday night and make a request for proposal to give to potential developers as soon as possible.

They hope to start construction on the site in the spring of next year.