More State Street buildings could be redeveloped

Three buildings on State Street could face the wrecking ball and be replaced by a five-story commercial structure under a new development plan by JD McCormick Properties, according to an article in the Wisconsin State Journal. JD McCormick wants to demolish three two-story buildings in the 400 block of State Street to accommodate the new building, which would have first floor commercial space and 22–26 housing units on the floors above it.

The firm plans to file a demolition permit application to raze the buildings, which are located at 428-430, 432-436, and 440-444 State St. If approved, the project would displace several small businesses, including Sencha Tea Bar, B-Side Records, and Freedom Skateboard Shop, and some lower-cost rental housing.

Two of the buildings date back to the late 1800s, but they have never been designated as landmarks.