Saturday, March 20, 2021

UPDATE: Royster Corners redevelopment March construction site visit

1/17/2020 update starts here

Photos by Retiring Guy

New Pinney Library gala opening is set for February 29, 2020.  (Project status.)

Royster Corners floor plans

1 bedroom/1 bath (794 square feet, $1200-$1300/month

1 bedroom with den (1052 square feet, $1400/month)

Pinney Branch Library construction progress.

1/6/2019 update starts here.

Pinney library branch to close Nov. 30, relocate to interim site next year.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 11/30/2018)
Pinney’s last day open at 204 Cottage Grove Road on the city’s East Side is Nov. 30. The interim site is at the former Ace Hardware store at 211 Cottage Grove Road. The city is building a site for the branch at 516 Cottage Grove Road that is expected to open in spring 2020. 
“Multiple project delays meant that we reached the end of our lease at our current Pinney Library before the new Pinney Library was completed, leaving a significant service gap between having to vacate the current site and relocating to the new library,” said Greg Mickells, Madison Public Library director.
4/14/2016 update starts here.

It wasn't clear from my recent (April 12) visit about the status of removing or capping the "problematic soil".

Slight setback at the Royster-Clark site.

After cleanup, Royster-Clark site re-contaminated with tainted fill material.   (, 2/8/2016)
An $400,000 in costs and additional project complications.  Since the late 2000s, millions of dollars have been spent demolishing the eight-story Royster-Clark fertilizer plant on Madison’s East Side and cleaning up the ground underneath and around it. Plans call for replacing the hulking eyesore along Cottage Grove Road with a $65.9 million development containing hundreds of housing units interspersed with commercial space and a centerpiece new Pinney Branch library.
The latest photos.  (February 9, 2016)

The view from across Cottage Grove Road.

With access roads within the site now paved, I was able obtain these additional views.

From the snow-swept Royster/Pinney roundabout.

Closer to Dempsey Road.

I expected to see more progress made during this visit.  (Tuesday, November 10, 2015)

Two of the multi-unit buildings are taking shape.  (Retiring Guy photo taken on Tuesday, August 11, 2015)

Still a lot of development to go.  (Retiring Guy photo taken on Dempsey Road near the Capital City Trail crossing on Tuesday, August 11, 2015)

Newly laid curb on Royster Oaks Drive.  (Photo taken on Tuesday, May 12, 2015)

Original post beings here.

And as you can see, the site development work is now underway where the hulking, long-abandoned Royster-Clark fertilizer plant was located.

Photo by Retiring Guy

Eventually, the above view will look something like this.

Rendering credit:  Knothe Bruce Architects

The intersection of Cottage Grove and Dempsey roads on Madison's east side.

Photo by Retiring Guy
Capital Times.  One of the buildings will feature new space for a relocated Pinney Library on the first floor with three floors of apartments above. The other building is similar with commercial space on the ground floor and apartments above.

Screenshot from "Preliminary Royster Corners Development - Madison, Wisconsin".  (Uploaded 9/12/2011.)white

A view from Dempsey Road, 1/2 block north of Cottage Grove Road.   A 2009 planning document calls this site "the largest urban infill opportunity currently available in Madison."

Photo by Retiring Guy

A view of a portion of the 27 acres of the development property, looking west along the Capital City bike trail.

Photo by Retiring Guy

City of Madison.   Department of Planning & Community & Economic Development.  Royster-Clark special area plan.

Related post:
2015 Madison Public Library capital budget with future year estimates (2016-2020).  (9/24/2014)

Ace Apartments going up on former Sentry grocery store location on Madison WI east side (March construction site visit)

Photo and video by Retiring Guy

11/21/2020 update starts here

Photos and video by Retiring Guy

And as long as we're in the Elvejhem neighborhood....

Original 11/22/2019 post starts here

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.

The Grove Apartments on Cottage Grove Road in Madison WI: March site visit

Photo and video by Retiring Guy

11/21/2020 update starts here

Photos by Retiring Guy

3-bedroom floor plan

Floor plans

5/31/2020 update starts here

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2/8/2020 update starts here

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1/27/2020 update starts here

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 Corner of Monona Drive & Cottage Grove Road

11/22/2019 update starts here

View from Cottage Grove Road just east of Monona Drive

Photos and video by Retiring Guy

Madison affordable housing project gets $13.4 million in tax credits.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 4/8/2018)
The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority announced that it will provide $13.4 million in low-income housing tax credits over 10 years to help MSP Real Estate build The Grove Apartments, 204 Cottage Grove Road, a $20 million, 112-unit project with 95 units for those who make less than 60 percent of the county’s median income, about $46,000 for a family of three. 
The Grove Apartments will provide 89 units for families, and include 23 apartments with support services for households at or below 30 percent of the county’s median income. It also will include 17 market-rate units.
View from the dead end of Busse Street


Location on map (arrow and orange rectangle added)