Sun Prairie business owners, residents voice concerns over new Main Street proposal 

According to the Sun Prairie Star, city business owners and residents expressed concerns over a proposed development at the corner of 100 W. Main St. and Bristol Street in the historic downtown area.

Architects from Kahler Slater and representatives from real estate firm JCap hosted a meeting at City Hall in late June to present the project proposal, which included a six-story, 151-unit apartment building, a 63-room Cobblestone hotel, and an attached Wissota Chophouse restaurant. A city-owned parking lot is also part of the plan.

The developer is looking to purchase four existing buildings — including three Main Street residences and a Bristol Street commercial building — with the same owner for redevelopment.

Among the primary concerns expressed were those over the potential for added traffic congestion in the area, parking, building materials, and height.

The developer hopes to offer reasonable rents for people working downtown and has noted that locating the development there, rather than in an undeveloped area, is more cost effective as there would be no need for new infrastructure.

With approval, the developer would break ground on the buildings in the fall, completing construction on the hotel by Jan. 1, 2025 and the apartment building in June of that year.