Saturday, September 16, 2023

Cruising Hiawatha Pioneer Trail (State Highway 35) in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin

Screenshots and video by Retiring Guy

Video route follows orange arrows.

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2024 presidential nomination polls: Michigan Republicans are gluttons for punishment

Poll resultsReal Clear Politics
Headline and sub:  New York Times, 8/29/2023
A state party autopsy days after the election, made public by Ms. Dixon, acknowledged that “we found ourselves consistently navigating the power struggle between Trump and anti-Trump factions of the party” and that Mr. Trump “provided challenges on a statewide ballot.” 
Ms. Karamo, who succeeded Ms. Maddock at the helm, pledged to bring in a new donor class. But those donors never materialized. The party has lost money since Ms. Karamo took over, with under $150,000 in the bank as of June 30, according to federal campaign finance records. At the same time four years ago, the party had roughly three times as much cash on hand.

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The Brennan Apartments on University Avenue, Madison WI (July 2023 construction site visit)

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5/20/2023 update starts here

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5/20/2023 update starts here

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4/2/2023 update starts here

Windows installed
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Studio floor plan

3/19/2023 update starts here

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2/3/2023 update starts here

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1/1/2023 update starts here

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11/20/2022 update starts here

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10/15/2022 update starts here

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10/3/2022 update starts here

Foundation work underway. 

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9/19/2022 update starts here

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8/13/2022 update starts here

Excavation underway.
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7/28/2022 update starts here

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6/13/2022 update starts here

Demolition almost done

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5/19/2022 update starts here

The project was approved by the Madison Plan Commission on 8/23/2021

video here

2/28/2022 update, "Looks like construction will get underway at former Brennan's site on University Avenue", starts here.

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Rendering and floor plans as submitted to Madison Plan Commission in 2018.

This time the buzzing hive of naysayers get some pushback on Next Door.

5/7/2021 update starts here

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Same old same old here.

11/2/2020 update, "Apparently, everything is off now at the former site of Brennan's on University Avenue", starts here

11/16/2017 update, "The lights are still on at the University Avenue Brennan's, but it's pretty much empty inside", starts here.

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Rendering of facade facing Capital Avenue

11/4/2017 update, "Mixed-use development proposed at site of shuttered Brennan's Market", starts here.
Source:  City of Madison

Commercial, apartment building proposed for the former Brennan’s on University Ave.  (Capital Times, 10/13/2017)
The 48,000-square-foot building would feature 8,100 square feet of commercial space on the first floor and three upper floors of apartments, ranging from studio to two-bedroom. 
One level of at-grade parking and one level of underground parking would provide a total of 89 stalls. 
The application describes the look of the building as “clean urban architecture,” with brick masonry and fiber-cement siding.

So far not a peep on Nextdoor from Spring Harbor neighborhood residents.

9/3/2017 update, "Going out of business:  Too late to save 30% on wine at Madison Brennan's", starts here.

Photos of huge dent in inventory taken on September 2.

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About face!

Brennan's, you've put a hole in my heart.

Original 7/13/2017 post, "Too little too late:  Brennan's parking lot mostly full on day of closing announcement", starts here.

In the middle of the afternoon.

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Increasing competition, flat sales leads Brennan's Market to close all of its stores.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 7/12/2017)
In 1967, Skip Brennan borrowed $10,000 from a bank to open a store in a Quonset hut on University Avenue in Madison. The structure and a neighboring drive-in, Dog ‘n Suds, were torn down in 1970 to make way for the existing store. He opened the company’s third store on Madison’s North Side in 1975; it closed in 2008. A fourth was added in Brookfield in 1988, after he was offered land on Bluemound Road from Madison-based car dealer John Zimbrick.

My wife and I have shopped here since moving to Middleton in 1986.  The Madison store has always featured outstanding produce -- oranges and peaches (in season), in particular.   We'll certainly miss Brennan's, but just like when Johannsen's Greenhouses closed in 2013, we'll move on.