Building in our backyard
2019 will see the completion of some significant development projects throughout Dane County.
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Scheduled for completion: Phase 1 June, Phase 2 fall
With the first two phases of construction on the Yahara Commons project scheduled to open in June and early fall, respectively, Monona is poised to take full advantage of its proximity to the Yahara River.
According to Kristie Schilling, CEO of Monona’s East Side Business Alliance, Yahara Commons is a significant step in the development and growth of the small community.
The Current, a 96-unit apartment building with 30,000 square feet of retail/restaurant space located on the river, is at the center of the project, notes Steve Doran of Galway Companies, which is managing the property.
With a June 1 opening date, The Current is leasing residential units now, but its retail space is already 95 percent leased. Tenants include Buck and Honey’s second restaurant, including a relocated tasting room and cigar bar that will employ about 70 people; True Coffee Roasters, which is relocating its retail store from Fitchburg; and Forage Kitchen, a salad and juice restaurant that currently has one location on State Street, but with a second location in Monona and a third on the way in Hilldale, it’s expanding rapidly.
Most of The Current’s residential units have views of the river, while others have views of downtown Madison, the Capitol, or lakes Monona and Waubesa, says Doran.
Also included in the project’s first phase are a town square and public park, which will include an outdoor skating rink in the winter similar to what’s available at The Edgewater, as well as a pavilion overlooking the river that will feature yoga in the summer and host outdoor concerts and other events.
The city is also building a 3,000-square-foot park shelter called “The Lower Deck,” which will have ice skate rentals, public restrooms, and a concession stand that sells coffee, hot chocolate, ice cream, and snacks.
According to Doran, the second phase of the Yahara Commons project, scheduled for completion in the fall, is a 92-room AVID Hotel by Intercontinental Hotel Group, which will employ about 25 people. “This is a brand that IHG just came out with that is fresh, new, and exciting,” Doran says.
Phase three is slated for a 140-unit senior housing facility. Construction is tentatively set to begin this summer and be completed in the winter of 2020, notes Doran. “This is going to be a senior housing community focused on delivering seniors a place where they can live a very healthy and active lifestyle, with planned events throughout the year as well as a great connection to the city park and our phase one users.”
Feeding a need
Garver Feed Mill
Scheduled for completion: Summer
Instead of being torn down, which was considered, Bachmann Construction is transforming the historic Garver Feed Mill building into a production center for high-quality, locally made food and drink that will also include an events space, outdoor patios, and other public amenities.
The $14.4 million restoration project on the 60,000-square-foot nationally registered historic landmark, built in 1905, represents the culmination of over four years of planning. From its early days as the home of the U.S. Sugar Beet Factory and then the Garver Feed and Supply, the building has long served as a reminder of the importance of Madison’s contribution to the state’s agricultural economy.
NessAlla Kombucha is already operating in Garver, and other tenants will follow as building renovations are completed.
Perennial, which is a yoga, meditation, and wellness community that has been located in Fitchburg for the past seven years, will open a second location, Perennial-EAST, at Garver. Briar Loft, a boutique floral business that is owned by Ariyl Doran and Alicia Bossher, will join Perennial East at Garver. Also adding a second location in the Madison area is Surya Café, curated by Chef Lauren Montelbano.
The tenant roster will also include Kosa Wellness, Sitka Salmon, Ian’s Pizza, Calliope Ice Cream, and Underground Catering.
Restoration of the Garver Feed Mill, located next to Olbrich Botanical Gardens, started in late 2017. The developer, Baum Revision, focuses on impactful projects in urban environments. “After years of work and collaboration with our partners, we’re excited to see this phase of the project deliver the economic activity in the community we had envisioned,” says Baum Revision’s Bryant Moroder, a member of the Garver Feed Mill development team. “Since we started, two of our future tenants have needed additional space and only a couple of spaces in the building remain.”