Middle school students propose development ideas for former Wisconsin K-Mart site

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LACROSSE, Wisc. (WKBT / CBS Newspath) -- The site where K-Mart in La Crosse, Wisconsin used to sit is still vacant and while the city has put in an offer for the site, there is competition with developers.

The site where K-Mart in La Crosse, Wisconsin used to sit is still vacant and while the city has put in an offer for the site, there is competition with developers. Middle school students were put into groups and had to come up with a specific plan for it. Courtesy: WKBT / CBS Newspath

But some area middle school students have ideas on what should go there.

City and County planners have teamed up with Lincoln Middle School students to encourage them to create a plan for the former KMART site.

It's part of a program called Community Connections Pod, which the city initiated about five years ago. It's meant to welcome feedback from communities of all backgrounds and sizes.

City leaders say it's also a way to learn about different needs in the area.

"Those are things that we need to think about, like if we're trying to attract young families with kids that are middle schoolers or going to be middle schoolers, then we need to be thinking about well what kind of things do these kids need and what therefore would make their parent's life easier," said City of La Crosse Environmental Planner Lewis Kuhlman.

Students were put into groups and had to come up with a specific plan of what would go in to the former KMART site on the Southside of La Crosse.