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New office building slated for downtown La Crosse

An architect’s rendering shows how The Chalmers office building would fit in with the neighborhood surrounding the intersection of Second and Pine streets.

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.

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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.

(5) comments

meggings

What a beautiful design has made by designer for that building and I hope they will complete project of new building soon before my essaycenter custom essay. Because I want to visit to see the inner view of that building and I am thankful for this post.

capedcrusader

It looks to me very similar in some ways to the LHI buildings and their ramp. I'm hoping the whole downtown area doesn't look like this. On the other hand, thank god it doesn't look like City Hall.

Machiavelli

[whistling][whistling][whistling]If you build it, they will come. Well, maybe.

"Florida real estate crash #136. Lakewood Ranch has far too much empty office space."

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OpinionsFree

It looks like it will be a very nice building keeping with historic style of downtown La Crosse. It would be nice if something could be made of the old Machine Products building across the street too. The brick portion of that building would make a nice condo development as it is like much like the style of building that they have converted to condos in the 3rd Ward in Milwaukee. That part of Milwaukee has gone from an industrial wasteland to one of the most desirable places to live in that city. Now people there can live and work within a few blocks of each other.

Tim Russell

I hope the real thing looks better than this rendering.
Are there really going to be "steps" in the Parking Lot?

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