A new office building called “The Chalmers” has been proposed for a vacant lot at 215 Pine St., next to the new Hampton Inn & Suites.
The planned 42,000-square-foot brick building, located at Second and Pine streets, is meant to house three floors of professional, high-end offices, according to Central States Warehouse CEO Cliff LeCleir, who will meet with city staff Friday to discuss the development.
LeCleir’s plans call for the building to face the alley between Third and Second streets and a parking lot. There will be an additional 75 stalls in heated underground parking beneath the building.
“All the employees can park in weather-free parking underneath the building,” LeCleir said.
The name “Chalmers” honors the land’s former use as Allis Chalmers Tractor’s home in La Crosse, as well as holding some sentimental value for LeCleir.
He grew up the son of a farmer near Chippewa Falls, Wis., and his father’s first tractor was an Allis Chalmers. He later worked in the buildings along Pine Street that housed the tractor manufacturer.
“Then I ended up buying it, of all things. If anybody had told me that when I was a young fellow, I wouldn’t have believed it,” LeCleir said.
LeCleir purchased the building in 2007, and it served as a warehouse until 2013. It was demolished in July 2014 to make way for the new hotel. LeCleir hopes to find an agreement with the city that will allow the development to move forward this fall.
“If nothing gets in the road, then I would think by the first of September, we should start,” LeCleir said.
If all goes according to plan, the new development will coincide with the construction of a new parking ramp on the other side of Pine Street, which is slated to begin in July.
For information on leasing office space, call LeCleir at 608-781-2818.