City of La Crosse & Habitat for Humanity work to revitalize neighborhoods

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- An area city was kicking off a partnership with Habitat for Humanity Wednesday.

A condemned, crumbling five-plex at 10th and Denton Streets in La Crosse is being demolished.

It's part an effort to revitalize the Washburn and Powell-Poage-Hamilton Neighborhoods.

The city is covering demolition and acquisition costs and Habitat is taking care of construction.

Habitat will build a home for a family of three in the five-plex's place.

Construction is expected to start in September, and to be completed in the spring of 2015.

“In order to move the community forward and take some of these older neighborhoods that have so much charm, and they just need a little bit of care,” said Habitat for Humanity-La Crosse Area executive director Amanda Acklin.

The city and Habitat are partnering with Western Technical College, Couleecap and private contractors for nine other projects that are underway.

The city has demolished 29 dilapidated homes in the Washburn and Powell-Poage-Hamilton Neighborhoods since 1992, and has replaced them with new single family homes.

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