11/2/2017 - Lincoln Middle School Urban Planning Presentation

Press Advisory

For Lincoln Middle School 7th Graders’ Urban Planning Curriculum Presentation of Top Plans for the Kmart site.

  • La Crosse City and County Planners collaborated with 7th Grade Teachers in Lincoln Middle School’s Community Connections Pod on a month-long curriculum that mixes social studies, art, math, history, and public speaking to encourage students to work together to create a plan the former Kmart site.
  • Kmart has recently vacated the site, which includes the still-operational Hardee’s restaurant. The City has put in an offer for the site, competing with other developers. In past years, students have created plans for Riverside North. This more-constrained site leaves options for using existing buildings.
  • City and County planners were in class to help the students and teachers, and selected the top plans among thirty-five, each created by a group of three to four students. Four plans received the top award and will present their plans to their classmates, and City and County Officials.
  • Area planners initiated this curriculum, now in its fifth year, for National Community Planning Month. This month celebrates who planners are and the lasting value thoughtful planning has on communities of all sizes. It’s intended to encourage everyone to get to know the planners in their community; learn about the local planning initiatives underway; and maybe even attend plan commission meeting.

To keep up interest in redevelopment within the city and learn more about the City’s planning work, the City of La Crosse’s Planning & Development Department invites you to a presentation of Lincoln MS’s top plans:

DATE: Thursday, November 2, 2016

TIME: 10:45 AM

PLACE: Lincoln Middle School Auditorium, 510 9th Street South, La Crosse, WI 54601


Tim Kabat, Mayor

Tara Johnson, La Crosse County

Scott Bagniefski, Lincoln 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher

Members of La Crosse City and County Planning Staff


Lewis Kuhlman, City Staff Lead Curriculum Developer

Members of the media will be able to interview City Officials and staff, teachers, and willing students after the approximately 30-minute presentation. For more information, please contact Lewis Kuhlman at or 608-789-7361.