With work starting on a 30-unit apartment building at the former Parkland Mall site, the first of three commercial buildings received city approval last week.
The commercial building, in what is now known as the Parkland Towne Center, is nearly 9,000 square feet with room for as many as six stores and offices.
The center on Janesville Road between Parkland and Lannon drives consists of three four-story apartment buildings totaling 90 units, a grocery store expected to be a Sendik’s Food Market and two smaller commercial buildings.
Developer Ener-Con Companies of Greenfield didn’t start commercial development with the much-anticipated Sendik’s because Sendik’s is handling its own store development, said Alicia Hurst, Ener-Con spokeswoman.
The plan commission was told last week that Sendik’s has a target date of April to start construction. The store could be open by October. 2017
Currently, a huge pile of dirt is at the development site. The dirt will be spread over the Sendik’s construction site to raise it about six inches. That operation to get an engineered surface could be done this fall or put off until spring.
The third commercial building slated for the site would lie along Janesville Road and is being built to accommodate a restaurant, Hurst said. That approximately 11,000-square-foot building would hold four or five tenants, she said. Plans are being developed.
Although no tenants have been announced for the first commercial building that went before the plan commission, the commission was told that a nationally recognized hair salon is coming to the center. The developer also is looking into having a coffeehouse and a credit union there.
The architecture for the first commercial building that will be constructed behind the restaurant/retail building on Janesville Road is interesting, said Alderman Neil Borgman who sits on the plan commission.
“It reminds me of an old town with flat roofs. I guess that’ll be OK,” he said. The color scheme featuring white, red and green doesn’t attract him, much but it will probably be fine, Borgman said.
Former alderman and current plan commission member Noah Fiedler said the facade of this first commercial building is a good match for nearby buildings.
The first commercial building will have to be completed before work can start on the second apartment building, under the developers agreement, Hurst said.
“We’re hopeful we can start the second apartment in mid-2017 or 2018,” she said.