Helpful information about
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
Helpful information about
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
The Ryan Cos. has applied for a building permit so construction could start soon on the new Target store. The store is tenatively schedulded to open on March 8th, 2009..
Updated pictures of the Target Store property. To someone that knows nothing about what they are doing, it appears as though they are putting in drainage and sewer lines. It looks like they might have the future store outlined with stakes driven into the ground.
Tuesday, April 22nd, the Sun Prairie Planning Commission and the Common Council voted to grant the developers for Target Corporation's request to downsize their plans for a Super Target to a small Target store. The Precise Implementation Plan (PIP) amendment will reduce the Target store down from 178,598 square feet to 134,000 square feet. This will free up a large area to the East, towards Highway C, which will now be green space. Target could use this area for expansion in the future. The new building will only have one main entrance which will face Hoepker Road on the South. Some grocery items such as frozen foods and some refrigerated items such as milk, cheese and eggs will still be sold at the downsized store but no perishable items or fresh meat. It is suspected that the future Woodmans Food Store which will be built just across Highway C on the opposite corner, had something to do with this decision by Target. Construction on the Target store is scheduled to begin this summer, with completion next year. Target has two stores in Madison and a SuperTarget in Fitchburg, one of just two in the state.
Target has purchased the property on the corner of Grand Avenue (Hwy. C) and Hoepker Road from Prairie Development, Ltd. Prairie Development, Ltd will have the option to buy the property back if Target does not proceed with the store. Target is expected to submit plans to the Planning Commission very soon. It is expected that this will NOT be a Super Target although there is enough land for Target to expand to a Super Target in the future.
11/11/2007 We have heard a rumor from a reliable source that the "Super" in "Super Target" may be removed and that Sun Prairie might only get a regular Target Store and not a Super Target Store. The anonymous source said that Target is scaling back on its plans because of the economy. What is the point then? There is another Target store just a couple of miles away from here in the East Towne Shopping Center. I didn't understand why we needed a Target in Sun Prairie to start with, given the close proximity of the East Towne Target. Now I completely don't understand it. Final plans for the new store have not yet been submitted to the planning commission
We will be keeping track of building progress as we see it occur.
The latest entries will be on top and get older as you go down the page.
November 1st, 2007 Update
The landscaping of the property on the West side of Hoepker Road is pretty much finishing up. Tractors have been out spreading straw and grass seed and some grass is even coming up already. Looks like some of the "lakes" have been created and just have to fill up with water. Someone had a great imagination when they named this the "Prairie Lakes Shopping Center." One of these, as yet unnamed lakes, is going to be about 30 feet by 60 feet and maybe a few feet deep.
Landscaping has started in earnest on the East side of Hoepker Road. This is the area just West of Highway C. No doubt they want to get it all landscaped and planted with seed before we get snow. This shot, below, is looking Northwards on Hwy C towards the spot where the new Super Target is going to be constructed. If you look at where the large condo building is, the Super Target will be just to the right and in front of that building.
This shot, below, is looking East from Hoepker. You can see the silos remaining on the farm property that is being torn down. To the right of the silos is the Smith's Crossing Subdivision and you can see the new YMCA. The overpass for Hwy C going over the 151 Expressway is the white strip to the far right.
October 9th, 2007 Update
The excavation for the Prairie Lakes and the Super Target in Sun Prairie is heavily underway. There are multiple earth moving machines sculpting the former farmland into a major upscale shopping center.
August 30th 2007
Excavation and grading have started on what looks like the new Legacy Way Street, maybe some drainage solution for the Target property and on top of the hill where the new Super Target store will be built. You can see that there is a creek that flows through the property on the map, below.
August 16th 2007
Workmen have put up the plastic barriers to stop erosion around the property from Highway C and on the North side of Hoepker Road to the South side of their property where it butts up against the Providence Subdivision. Other workmen were seen on the East side of Hoepker drilling for something. Probably some kind of test.
Prairie Development, Ltd. is planning on building a Super Target on their property which is located on the Northwest corner of the intersection of Hoepker Road and Highway C, in the city of Sun Prairie.
Super Targets are designed for one stop shopping and offer a full grocery line including bakery, deli, meat and produce sections. A typical Super Target has annual revenues of about $61 million. A Super Target has just opened in Fitchburg, Wisconsin and cost $17 million. It is the second one in Wisconsin joining the Super Target in Eau Clair. A Super Target has also been proposed for Pewauke, Wisconsin.
The location is part of the Prairie Lakes development which is projected to include approximately 900,000 square feet of retail space and cover 105 acres of land bounded roughly by Highway C (or Grand Ave.) on the East, Blue Aster Blvd.on the North, and the Providence Subdivision on the West. The South side of the development will roughly go down close to Highway 151. The area in-between Providence and Prairie Lakes is to possibly include residential dwellings in the future.
Target is asking for the Plan Commission, on July 10th, 2007, to approve the 178,596 square foot building which will include the Target Department Store and the grocery store. The Super Target will be situated on about 16 acres of land. If approved by the Plan Commission, the request could come before the City Council as soon as July 17th, for final approval. If approved in a timely manner, the Super Target could open by Spring or Summer of 2008. The grocery store will certainly be welcomed by many of the nearby residents, although a new Copp's Store has just been opened in the last few months at the corner of Highway C and Hwy 19.
Plan Commission Meetings can be viewed live on Charter Cable, Channel 12, Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. when a meeting is scheduled. You can check Channel 12 schedules by clicking here.
From 7/10/07 Planning Commission Meeting:
A main entrances will be from Blue Aster Blvd. There will be sidewalks out to Hwy. C, Blue Aster and Legacy Way but no sidewalk down to Hoepker because of grade issues. There is quite a drop from the Target site to Hoepker Road and apparently sidewalks to a stair is not a possibility. The staff recommends breaking up the long extension of the building to the west. Possibly another element added to break the plane. There will be a screening wall on Blue Aster to block the loading and trash areas. Truck traffic will deliver and pickup from Blue Aster. Traffic studies were taken and found that the access on the proposed areas would not be more than the streets and intersection could handle. On Hoepker, in front of the store, there will be a right in and right out and a left in but no left out because of expected traffic conditions. It was reported that environmentally friendly lighting plans are being looked at.
Concern was expressed by one of the commissioners about "dark stores." A "dark store" is an empty or abandoned store. Would there be a buy back option for the city of Sun Prairie if the store goes dark? Target says that, if they do not build, they will sell the land but, once they build, the property is theirs. So, apparently, the city can just go pound nails if the store ever goes empty.
The Planning Commission Staff expressed their feeling that this will be a development that the City of Sun Prairie could be proud of and will be and attractive development The architecture is comparable to some of the better developments that they have seen elsewhere. The Target store sets the bar for other stores that might come into this development and the surrounding area.
The motion to approve the staff recommendations passed unanimously. It was mentioned that Target would like to start building later this year, possibly in the Fall.
Check back here every once in a while to see
pictures of the Super Target Store as building progresses.
The picture below shows the NW corner of Hwy C and Hoepker, looking North from Hwy. C. The telephone pole in the middle is right at the corner.
The picture below shows the NW corner of Hwy C and Hoepker,
looking NorthWest from Hwy. C.
The picture below shows the NW corner of Hwy C and Hoepker,
looking West from Hwy. C.
City of Sun Prairie
June 29, 2007
Contact: Scott Kugler, Planning Director
PLAN COMMISSION AGENDA SET FOR JULY 10
The agenda has been set for the Sun Prairie Plan Commission meeting for Tuesday, July 10. The meeting will be held in the Second Floor Council Chambers of the Sun Prairie Municipal Building, 300 E. Main Street, beginning at 7:00 pm. The following development applications will be discussed and potentially acted upon by the Commission:
A public hearing on a request by Prairie Development, Ltd. for approval of an Amendment of an Approved General Development Plan (PC07-1524) for “Prairie Lakes” to adjust the western boundary of the planned development to better accommodate future development. The boundary shift results in a 2,026 sf decrease in the overall planned development area for the portion of the project lying north of Hoepker Road.
A public meeting on a request by Prairie Development, Ltd. for approval of a Certified Survey Map to create two (2) commercial lots at the northwest corner of S. Grand Avenue (CTH C) and Hoepker Road. A public meeting on a request by Prairie Development, Ltd. for approval of a Precise Implementation Plan for a Super Target store on approximately 16 acres located at the northwest corner of S. Grand Avenue (CTH C) and Hoepker Road. A public hearing on a request by the City of Sun Prairie for approval of an Amendment of the
Official Zoning Ordinance (Title 17) to amend the City’s sign regulations to allow electronic message board signs to be approved through the special use permit process, rather than the conditional use permit process that is currently required for such signs.
A public meeting on a request by the City of Sun Prairie for approval of a resolution to rename a portion of O’Keeffe Avenue north of Capitol Drive to Cremer Drive. More information on these items can be obtained by contacting the City’s Planning Department at 825-1107.
SuperTarget is a chain of hypermarkets that are about 175,000 square ft. Like Target Greatland, SuperTarget features double entrances on one story stores; some also have between the double entrances a merchandise loading lane as a prominent feature of the building. The store logo often spells "Super" in green cursive, but recently, newer ones are signed in red block letters in the Helvetica font that the word "Target" uses. They carry everything a Target or a Target Greatland does as well as a grocery store. Many SuperTargets may also feature a Starbucks Coffee shop, a Pizza Hut Express, a Taco Bell Express,(which is currently being phased out at SuperTarget locations) Jamba Juice, a pharmacy, a portrait studio, a one-hour photo processing lab, an optical store, or a Wells Fargo Bank. Unlike many other hypermarkets in the United States (such as Wal-Mart Supercenters and Meijer), SuperTargets are not continuously open.
In the past, some SuperTargets featured an E*TRADE trading station instead of a Wells Fargo Bank. However, in June 2003, E*TRADE decided to remove all E*TRADE branches from their SuperTarget locations without advance notice. This sudden move was not initiated by Target Corporation. Mitchell Caplan, E*TRADE's CEO, said that "We were not able to make it into a profitable distribution channel...[w]e're better off exiting." E*TRADE also sent a letter of notification to their customers informing them about this change.
The first SuperTarget opened in Omaha, Nebraska in 1995, and the second SuperTarget opened in Lawrence, Kansas, later that same year. As of January 4, 2007, Target operated 182 SuperTarget stores in 21 U.S. states.