Gundersen Hotel day

Architect’s rendering of the proposed Gundersen Hotel and Suites on the left looking south on South Avenue, with the skywalk between Gundersen buildings in the background. A proposed parking lot nearly would add roughly 175 stalls of patient parking to replace the 124 stalls that will be lost to the new hotel development on South Avenue.

The city of La Crosse approved final plans Friday for the Gundersen Health System hotel planned to go up this summer.

An archaeological investigation on the site, located on South Avenue next to Gundersen’s Founders Building, will begin Monday, with construction slated to begin July 1 on the estimated $5.3 million structure.

The final plans for the four-story structure include extensive landscaping outside, as well as 65 rooms. There will be 16 extended-stay suites, which will include a full bedroom, walk-through closet to the bathroom, and a range and refrigerator to allow guests to cook their own food.

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Plans for a proposed restaurant within the hotel have not yet moved forward.

The parking lot that will be the site for the hotel closed Friday to make way for the construction process. The bike shelter next to the Founders Building will be relocated to the striped area on the north end of the lot toward the East Building. It will be accessible in its new location next week.

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Jourdan Vian is a reporter and columnist covering local government and city issues for the La Crosse Tribune. You can contact her at 608-791-8218.

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