Plans for La Crosse Center expansion move forward

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- On the La Crosse City Council agenda Thursday night, the council voted on a potential design concept for the La Crosse Center expansion project.

In a 12 to 1 vote, the council decided to move forward with two design concepts.

The concepts presented were at the $42 million budget and did not go into Riverside Park.

The expansion project was delayed after La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat vetoed a previous design concept back in June 2018.

"This is the biggest step that's happened in the whole process. To get to this point five years after we started discussing it, but we're there and to now go ahead and have actually somebody putting together a final design is a huge step forward. It's a relief, there's excitement," said La Crosse Center Board President Brent Smith.

Smith says the plan is to have a more detailed design of the expansion in front of the council in April.

The hope is for the renovated center to be complete in 2021.