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Heard on the Street: Mayo Clinic's plans near Onalaska proceed

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Planning is proceeding with what's expected to be a big Mayo Clinic Health Systemproject in Onalaska, Wis., near La Crosse.

The city's Board of Public Works voted unanimously Tuesday to allot up to $15,000 to pay consultants to help with planning infrastructure improvements needed in conjunction with development of Mayo's property, according to the La Crosse Tribune. The funding is up for approval next Tuesday before the full Onalaska Common Council.

Mayo has purchased 187 acres of undeveloped land east of Sand Lake Road near Menards there, with roughly 80 acres of the land suitable for development.

City officials are in talks with Mayo about what infrastructure is needed for its plans, but say Mayo hasn't offered specific details.

In December, Mayo officials expressed opposition to the Badger-Coulee power-line project, which could pass through the southern end of the Mayo property if the southern route is chosen, according to the La Crosse Tribune. At that time, Mayo officials indicated the property would be developed "health-care services," possibly involving "specialty practices."

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Based on Mayo's preliminary estimates of traffic to be generated by the development, a city official said it looks to be a very large project that could require additional lanes on Sand Lake Road. — Mike Klein

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