Redevelopment at 455 South Rand Road (Former Giordano's Building)
Midwest Design and Construction Redevelopment Project
Midwest Design and Construction is planning to demolish the existing vacant building and construct a new multi-tenant retail building at 455 South Rand Road, the southwest corner of Rand Road and Route 22. The new retail building is proposed to be a 8,640 square-foot multi-tenant building comprising four tenant spaces. The current property owner is Windy Ridge C (a registered Wisconsin LLC in Lacrosse, WI).
The development application will likely be brought before the Village Board for consideration at the June 3, 2019 meeting.
Background on the Development
In March 2019, the Village received a formal request from the representative of the property at 455 South Rand Road to consider allowing the redevelopment of the property under the requirements of the Planned Unit Development (PUD) approved through Ordinance 2016-2-112. That ordinance, which has since expired, granted GW Properties the approval to develop the property with a three-tenant, 8,300 square foot retail building.
However, the development did not proceed as planned and the existing restaurant building remained on the property. In the interim, the Village has been working with the property owners to begin the process of demolition due to the building’s continuing deterioration and neglected condition.
In spring 2019, the property owners indicated that they intend to restart the development as they have secured two national retail tenants (undisclosed as of May 6, 2019). The owners have since submitted a new application with a redesigned building and a site plan that is similar to the previously approved project.
The Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC) considered the application at a public hearing on April 17, 2019. At the meeting the adjacent property owner expressed concerns related to safety of vehicles and traffic circulation as presented in the plans but offered to meet with the architect and owners after the PZC hearing to discuss and potentially resolve his concerns.
At the close of the hearing, the PZC voted unanimously to recommend approval of the project.
The owners have also provided a timeline indicating their intention to complete the project by October 2019.