Friday, November 22, 2019

Ace Apartments planned for former Sentry grocery store location on Madison east side

Catching Up: Redevelopment near for vacant grocery store on Cottage Grove Road.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 10/28/2019)
The city’s Plan Commission on Monday will consider a conditional-use request from nonprofits Movin’ Out of Madison and Commonwealth Cos. of Fond du Lac for the four-story Ace Apartments and townhouses with 70 mostly low-cost housing units, 10,000 square feet of commercial space, and 101 parking spaces — 55 underground — at 4602 Cottage Grove Road. 
It’s the final major approval needed to redevelop the prominent corner of Cottage Grove Road and Acewood Boulevard, considered a gateway to the Rolling Meadows neighborhood.

Photos by Retiring Guy

Related reading:
Madison East Side loses a neighborhood grocer.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 7/3/2014)
For the Wirags, their small Sentry grocery store has been a mainstay at 4602 Cottage Grove for more than 40 years, but it is about to close its doors. 
The roof and parking lots need repair and there is no money to consider an expensive upgrade to the 25,000-square-foot building. 
“It’s just too much. Something had to give,” said Joe Wirag, 48. “I stayed because of the neighborhood, but I stayed too long. I put every penny I had into this place.”
Developers propose low-cost housing for former Sentry grocery site.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 7/25/2018)
It’s the third proposal for the site since the Sentry store closed after four decades of operation amid growing competition in 2014. The city has since rejected a proposal for a Kwik Trip and discouraged one for a UW Credit Union at the site. Both were one-story, single uses.

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