Projects moving forward in Beloit

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BELOIT - As the weather warms up, so to are Beloit's development projects.

From the Powerhouse project to the new YMCA, along with restaurants to hotels, work on multiple projects are underway in Beloit.

On Thursday, the Beloit Daily News sat down with Planning and Building Services Director Drew Pennington to check in on ongoing projects. As of June 1, 329 permits worth $5.9 million in construction value have been applied for and issued by the city.

.Beloit College's Powerhouse project

Beloit College's $38 million project to revamp the former Alliant Energy plant on Riverside Boulevard is set to start work this month. The project hopes to turn the facility into a sustainable, student union and recreation center. The project, once finished, also will host community events. Officials speculated a weekday farmers market or live entertainment events could pop up at the space. All funds for the project were privately raised, including grants and tax credits, with no tuition dollars going toward the project. The city will contribute $1.51 million for its 800-foot riverwalk behind the future campus center. The city will seek bids for the riverwalk and work is scheduled to begin in 2018.

• Stateline YMCA

The massive project to revamp a large portion of the former Beloit Corporation structure along Beloit's riverfront in the Ironworks complex has run into multiple construction delays, most of which were unanticipated, officials said. The project is on track for an August opening, with work at the facility happening nearly around the clock. Rough framing work was recently completed, along with concrete and masonry being finished in April. The expansive overhaul was originally slated to open in the spring, but was pushed back by site preparation work and logistical slowdowns. Slowdowns in construction stemmed from pool excavation, which uncovered old foundations buried 35 feet underground, and was 17 feet deep. Additional pool supports will be added to combat adverse soil conditions. Planners added more than 1,800-feet of concrete beams to stabilize the structure. The project was also stymied by warmer winter weather, with water levels higher than average at the site. The $11 million facility will offer a water park with slides, a separate lap pool, a full day care center, four new multipurpose rooms, an indoor track and a fitness center three times the size of the one at the YMCA's current facility. Beloit's current YMCA serves around 16,000 individuals, and officials are hoping for a 20 percent increase in membership totals.

.Holiday Inn Express

Approved last year, developers of KDN Hospitality netted a conditional use zoning permit to pave the way for construction of the six-story, 124-room hotel at 3022 Ford Street. Developers recently submitted site plans with the city at the end of May, and could break ground on the project this summer. KDN associates seek to parcel the site to allow future development, possibly including a restaurant to accompany the hotel. A controversial Wisconsin Department of Transportation plan to build a storage facility near the hotel has drawn pushback from developers, but officials said Thursday WisDOT is possibly looking at locating the facility closer to the Hart Road intersection, along the WisDOT-owned right-of-way along Interstate 43.

• G-5 Microbrewing Company's Gateway Brewery

A plan to bring a brewery to Beloit's Gateway Boulevard has been underway since last year, and is slowly moving forward. In February, the city approved a rezoning request to allow light manufacturing for the brewery's needs. Site plans for the impending brewpub have yet to be submitted to the city. Additional land acquisition in the area is also slowing down the project, with no anticipated timeline available as of Thursday. The Gateway Brewery will feature a 10-barrel brewing system, up to 10 regular and seasonal brews and aims to grow by 10,000 barrels produced annually. The brewery could to miss its previously speculated open date of November with no site plans being submitted or approved.

• Dunkin Donuts and Firehouse Subs

A plan to bring a Dunkin Donuts back to Beloit was announced in February, and is expected to open around the end of this summer. The breakfast shop will open in the space formerly occupied by Asia Buffet at the eastern end of the small shopping center on Milwaukee Road near Walmart. A Firehouse Subs is also set to relocate to the shopping center, and will open in August. Officials said renovations to the center could take between two and three months.

.Other developments

Up to 160 storage units and two duplex units are going up on a property on Madison Road; The foundation work of a new, 26-bed assisted living facility on Cranston Road was recently completed; a spice making and sausage case is set to be added to Piggly Wiggly; Tilley's Pizza House is adding more storage space, up to three new buildings with upwards of 200 units, will be added to Hawk's Ridge apartment complex in the Gateway.

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