The former Kmart site is closing in on its new use as a mixed-use development known as “Copper Rocks” after the La Crosse City Plan Commission approved its new zoning Monday night.
Three Sixty Real Estate Solutions developers are requesting that the property at 2415 State Road be rezoned from the Local Business District to the Planned Development District.
The rezoning will go before the Judicial and Administrative Committee on Tuesday and the Municipal Council of La Crosse next Thursday before being finalized.
Copper Rocks, a name and brand that was unveiled to neighbors earlier this year, will feature 216 market-priced housing and commercial space in six buildings, as well as outdoor community space.
The existing structure, which once housed the Kmart store which closed in 2017, will be demolished later this year.
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The city’s planning department recommended rezoning approval, stating in its report, “This project takes a vacant former bix-box site and redevelops it into a vibrant mixed-use development with high density in one location. which is arguably the busiest intersection in the county.”
Associate town planner Jack Zabrowski described it on Monday as a “vibrant mixed-use development”.
A neighbor said he was opposed to parts of the plan, but not all of it. He said he had concerns about the project’s plumbing and utilities, the buildings’ proposed five-story height, traffic and barriers between the property and the surrounding neighborhood.
The Planning Commission approved the rezoning unanimously with member Elaine Yager, a Three Sixty employee, recused herself.
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