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La Crosse Fire Department eyeing property for fifth station

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) —  The La Crosse Fire Department is looking into securing a vacant property on the corner of 33rd St. and Mormon Coulee Rd.

Negotiations are still ongoing for the plot of land which has no existing structures. The fire department has been looking at several properties on the south side.

“It’s a real easy solution for us as far as that goes,” said La Crosse Fire Chief Ken Gilliam. “We’re not moving in or having to displace anything, so just as we started to eliminate the other locations, this one kind of kept in there, and we figured out a plan to make it work for a fire station, so it’s our selection.”

Location of the property is unique in it’s proximity to cover multiple areas.

“It fits well with our long range plans of an expansion to a fifth station on the south side,” said La Crosse Fire Chief Ken Gilliam. “An additional note is that we’ve reached out to the town of Shelby, talking with them about the potential for a joint station down there.”

The fire department is using existing funds to try to reach a deal to buy the property. New fire station estimates cost come in around $5 million. The department does not currently have that type of money available.

Chief Gilliam wanted to emphasize that upgrades to station four on the north side is still the priority.

Mike Beiermeister

WXOW Weekend Anchor and Reporter

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