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Rivoli apartments gets $300K backing

La Crosse, Wis. (WXOW) – Downtown La Crosse may soon see additional affordable housing.

After last night’s Community Development Committee meeting, the floors above the historic Rivoli Theater are now on the list to become apartments.

La Crosse hopes to allocate $300,000 in community block grants towards remodeling, creating a total of 33 affordable apartments at a time when local housing is sparse.

“What we’re seeing with that tight market is that rents and markets are increasing, and that has some serious impacts on those who might not make that much money or be in the lower or middle income brackets,” explained La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat.

Kabat says remodeling downtown spaces into homes is happening more often now, but there’s always room to grow.

“Even though we’ve seen a lot of activity, and it’s kind of ongoing, there are still a lot of buildings downtown that could still use this type of effort.”

Don’t worry about the Rivoli Theater itself.

Kabat says upper floor renovations won’t impact any showings and food they offer.

Construction is expected to start by early 2020.

Amber Meyer

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