Commercial development in Grandview Commons may be about to take another major step.
By next summer, a three-acre vacant lot between the Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co. and the Metro Market could be home to more than 30,000 square feet of commercial space for a coffee shop, up to two restaurants, spa, dry cleaners, offices and other service businesses.
The $6.7 million project on the Far East Side proposed by DSI Real Estate Group is set to go before the city’s Urban Design Commission July 29 and includes five buildings and public plaza space.
“I think the timing is perfect for it. We continue to get more and more people living out there,” said Dan Brinkman, vice president of DSI, which also developed the controversial grocery store property. “We’re very optimistic about it.”
A neighborhood meeting on the proposal is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday at Kennedy Elementary, 221 Meadowlark Drive.
Brinkman said he would like to break ground on the project this fall with openings scheduled for late spring or early summer. DSI has also met with a neighborhood group that was also engaged with the grocery store project, Brinkman said.
Ten years ago, few businesses were located in the neighborhood, located along Cottage Grove Road and east of Interstate 39-90. Since then, the neighborhood has seen the addition of a Great Dane Pub, service-oriented businesses like dentist and insurance offices and, in 2014, the completion of a 58,000-square-foot grocery store.
The Metro Market opened after years of debate and controversy as many residents said the store would create too much traffic, jeopardize safety, increase noise, litter and odors and decrease the value of homes near the project.
Ald. Amanda Hall, elected in April, said the project proposed by DSI will enhance the feel of the neighborhood and increase amenities. She’s also excited that a 280-year-old burr oak tree on the land will be preserved.
“The neighborhood was designed to be a walkable neighborhood so this development is in line with that intention,” said Hall. “It creates more community. A lot of folks have been waiting for years for this to happen.”
DSI has owned the property, located on the north side of Cottage Grove Road and the west side of Gemini Drive, for nearly 17 years. Brinkman said the Great Dane and the Metro Market will be a complement to his proposed project that includes 134 parking stalls but no residential units.
“They’re great anchors,” Brinkman said. “It’s time to move forward with the rest of this.”