Hartford Public Market - 102 N Main St, Hartford WI
The Hartford Public Market, a new business located in downtown Hartford, opened their doors in September 2021. The local owners, Ally and Steve Kenitz, have compiled small businesses from the Hartford area and throughout southern Wisconsin to bring their products to our Hartford market. The store features an assortment of high quality local products and provides a vendor marketplace to help small businesses get their products to more customers. The Hartford Public Market is a welcome addition to downtown Hartford.
Festival Foods and Shoppes at Bell Ave located at 1275 Bell Ave, Hartford
Preliminary Site Plan
Festival Foods has proposed building a 70,213 SF Festival Foods building, along with an 11,327 SF Shoppes at Bell Ave retail building. The site of the Festival Foods is planned to be where the former Kmart was located. The existing Kmart building would be torn down and the new building constructed. The remaining existing buildings would continue to operate so the current tenants can remain open for business. The preliminary site plan review received planning staff approval in June 2021. The proposed buildings will have an attractive mix of metal, stone and wood on the exteriors and will be nicely landscaped with deciduous and flowering trees, as well as, ornamental shrubs. A Carbibou Coffee is also planned to be located within the Festival Foods store.
The Skogen family opened their first Festival Foods in 1990 in Onalaska, WI. At this time there are 35 Festival Food stores throughout the State of Wisconsin. Festival Foods strives to have high quality products and to give the customer an exceptional experience.
Festival Foods Site Plan Shoppes at Bell Ave
Rubicon River Streambank Stabilization
The Village of Slinger, working under the approval of the WDNR, will begin a project in the City of Hartford to stabilize the stream bank along 875' of the Rubicon River between Wacker Dr and Grant St. The project was approved in August and is set to begin in October 2021. The area along the river was identified as a suitable project to improve the fish habitat and reduce phosphorus, giving the Village of Slinger a credit to meet their phosphorus reduction requirements. The project is planned to be completed in late 2021 or early spring of 2022.
5950 and 5988 Clover Rd, Town of Hartford
CSM Land Division
Grace Investors LLC proposed a land division of two parcels, combined totaling 39.72 acres, which they plan to redistribute into three parcels. The new parcel would create two lots located at the southern portion of the properties, that are 4.783 acres and 1.502 acres. The proposed Certified Survey Map was approved in June, 2021. The majority of the land use is agricultural and was considered an agricultural land division.
W642 Paine Rd, Town of Rubicon
CSM Land Division
The Kuhaupt family on behalf of the Feutz's submitted a plan to redistribute two lots on Paine Road into four lots. The land is currently zoned agricultural. The proposed Certified Survey Map was approved in June, 2021. The resulting four lots are approximately 1.46 acres, 1.89 acres, 5 acres and a 10.25 acre parcel. The land split was previously approved by the Town of Rubicon in February 2021.
Goeman's Self Storage
525 Kettle Moraine Dr, Hartford WI
The Goemans', owners of the parcel just north of the "Goeman's Rapid Mart" gas station and carwash, are interested in developing said parcel into a self-storage business. The 2.4 acre parcel would have four (4) boat/RV storage buildings with the first building planned for construction as early as Summer/Fall of 2021.
The new business plan, requires the rezoning of the parcel to a commercial zoning of M-1 Wholesale / Warehousing District. The conceptual site plan was preliminarily approved in June, 2021. The properties directly south and west of the planned project are already zoned commercial.
Soapy Paws on Main - 100 N Main St, Hartford
Soapy Paws on Main Street is a new pet grooming and care business, located on the corner of Main St. and E Jackson St, across from City Hall. The small family-owned business offers a variety of pet care services.
In early June 2021 a new sign was approved for the business and will be added to the building. The City is happy to welcome another new business to the downtown area.
Centennial Park Pavilion
The Parks and Recreation Department along with City staff, have worked alongside the MSA to fine tune plans for a three season pavilion, to be located along the Mill Pond as part of the development of Centennial Park. The architecture of the pavilion has been planned to resemble the historic Hartford train depot, with finishes that complement the nearby Jack Russell Library. The west side of the pavilion will have a recreation space with fireplace and roll-up garage doors. The east side of the pavilion will have an open performance stage that can double as a covered seating area. Indoor bathrooms and the ability to use the facility for concessions are part of the plans. The building plans for the pavilion were preliminarily approved in May 2021. Below is a conceptual rendering of the pavilion and the larger plans for the development of Centennial Park, planned for 2022/2023.
Schubert's Hartford Theater - 1361 Grand Ave, Hartford
Seasonal "Drive-in Movie" Site Plan
The owners of the Hartford Theater are proposing a seasonal outdoor theater experience, to provide an alternative to the more traditional theater setting for the summer season. A site plan for the outdoor theater was approved in early April 2021. Placement of the movie screen would be at the southeast corner of the parking lot, with a portable enclosure setup for the projector. The indoor theater facility would be available for use of the restrooms and concessions during the outdoor drive-in season.
Outdoor movies are scheduled to begin on Friday's and Saturdays in April with an expanded varied schedule extending through October, and ending the season with a special "movie event" on Halloween. This is the second season for the outdoor "Drive-In Movie" which may become an annual attraction.
ProAmPac - 2261 Innovation Way - Silo Relocation and Addition of Silos
The ProAmPac-PolyFirst company has proposed plans to relocate two of their existing silos and build four additional silos to fill an increased demand and to be able to order larger quantities of plastic pellets, used in the manufacturing of their plastic packaging products. The silos would be relocated and constructed slightly east of another six existing silos. The preliminary site plan regarding the silos was approved in April 2021. ProAmPac, along with other companies located in the Dodge Industrial Park have silos as part of their industrial footprint.
Concept Plan - New Apartment Development - 3420 County Hwy K, Hartford
Basco LLC has proposed a new 27.5 acre development planned for 228 apartments, to be located just south of Hwy 60 on Hwy K between the Hartford Town Hall to the south and the bordering commercial properties along Hwy 60 to the north. Annexation of the land from the Town will be required as part of the process. The developer, who previously built and manages the Oriole Ponds development, is interested in developing the site over the next six (6) years, with the first of the three phases being planned to be completed in late 2022.
The concept plan was approved in March 2021 as the demand for apartments in Hartford remains strong. The potential plan shown below proposes 12-unit and 16-unit buildings of 1 and 2-bedroom apartments with garages, plus common areas, a clubhouse and a pool. The entrance to the complex would be located near Schauer Drive. A large part of the property was previously a gravel pit and has a large variation in topography. Up to four retention ponds are planned for the landscaping and grading of the property, which will add to the visual appeal of the development.
Zuern Farm Development Concept Plan - 50 Acre Development
(North of Mt Vernon Estates and east of the Washington County Golf Course and the Full-Pail Heights subdivision)
The Zuern Farm Development has been proposed by local developers (Weyer) to develop the 50-acre parcel east of the Full-Pail Heights subdivision and the Washington County Golf course into approximately 97 single family lots. The entire concept plan calls for a total of approximately 100 lots. Two of the lots and an outlot would be left as an environmental corridor per the SEWRPC (Southeast Wisconsin Regional Plan Commission) and may be used as stormwater management areas.
The Concept Plan, approved in early March 2021, will allow for further evaluation of the potential development. The Town of Hartford property was annexed into the City as part of the development process in June 2021. The proposal initially calls for entry to the subdivision through Mt Vernon Estates to the south and off Logan Rd in the Full-Pail Heights subdivision on the north side. The current proposal is planned for approximately 2 homesites per acre and fills a demand for single family residential homesites.
Onward Bound Incredible Dog Training - 35 E Sumner St, Hartford
A recent application was submitted for a dog training school, by a local entrepreneur, Alyxandra Murdock. The proposed business would conduct itself as a private and group training facility, a dog day school, boot camp and dog sports facility. The owner plans to install a 6 ft. vinyl fence to allow for dog training and play, which will be supervised by trained staff. The business required a Conditional Use Permit due to the location and the type of business, which was approved in late February 2021.
According to the owner who is a certified professional dog trainer, the business will have a ratio of 5 dogs to every 1 trainer. This separates itself from dog “day cares” that typically have levels of 15 dogs to every one (1) handler. The emphasis will be on obedience by trained staff who will maintain a controlled environment. At this time, no overnight boarding or retail sales are planned, but future changes may be allowed if approved by the City.
Air Methods Corporation - located at the Hartford Municipal Airport
The Air Methods Corporation has leased space at the Hartford Municipal Airport for Medical Emergency Transport Helicopters and additional space for a 1540 SF facility to house an active crew. The company, which is based in Greenwood, CO plans to employ 14 health care professionals including flight nurses, flight paramedics and pilots. An active crew would consist of one flight nurse, one flight paramedic and one pilot that would be available at any given time, residing on site. The Site Plan Review for the medical transport company was approved in early February, 2021.
Air Methods was founded in 1980 with a single helicopter, but now has over 300 locations throughout the United States. The air transport industry provides life saving medical services at critical times. The proximity to the City may enable faster response to the Hartford area during medical emergencies requiring air transport services.
Air Methods "crew quarters" shown above would provide living quarters for a 24/7 staff .
Mantz Automation Addition - 1630 Innovation Way, Hartford WI
Mantz Automation Inc. is planning to add an additional 25,000 SF to their existing 75,845 SF facility. The proposed addition would include crane bays, warehouse space, offices and ancillary spaces. The overall property would be improved with additional landscaping, lighting, grading and utilities to meet the requirements for the development and make a positive impact on the surrounding industrial area. A Site Plan Review was approved for the project in early February, 2021.
Mantz Automation was started in 1989 by the local owners and has become a world class company in the tool and die industry. The company is also a minority and woman-owned business. Since it's inception it has continually grown; creating many jobs for Hartford and the surrounding areas.
Mantz Automation Inc - Elevation
Millstream Building - 120-122 N Main Street
Staffing Support Specialists
A new sign was approved in January 2021 for the Millstream Building. The multi-tenant building will soon be home to a local staffing company that plans to occupy the building as early as February 2021. Additional new tenants will be professionally added to the sign on the south side of the building as they arrive.
Staffing Support Specialists is a welcome addition to the downtown marketplace. In business locally since 1997, the company has effectively helped place thousands of people into jobs in the Hartford community and the surrounding area.
Annexation - 283 Acres
Washington County Family Park Golf Course
The Washington County Golf Course, located on the northeast side of Hartford, partially borders the Rubicon River on the south end of the golf course and Clover Road to the north. The property, which was previously part of the Town of Hartford, became part of the City of Hartford when the annexation was approved at the end of January 2021.
A small portion of the property, previously known as "Family Park" was recently retired as a park and approved for residential homesites. The Family Park area is represented by a 3-4 acre parcel shown in the drawing below. The parcel was approved for up to 2.0 homesites per acre. The proposed development is located near the Fulpail Subdivision to the east which is comprised of single family homes.
Family Park area shown below, was approved for residential homesites.
The Neuville Subdivision - N Main St, Hartford
Preliminary Concept Plan Approval
A new subdivision is being proposed on Main St, just north of the Pheasant Run subdivision on Hartford's North side. The property owners are proposing a mixed-use development of single family and duplex homes. The 84.87 acre parcel would be developed into approximately 87 single family homesites and 74 duplex homesites.
The Hartford Area Development Corporation (HADC) has noted a need for additional affordable housing in the Hartford area. The developers are planning to develop the area with homes that can be supported by the local market and from the local and surrounding workforce and those hoping to relocate to the beautiful Hartford area.
AJ's Sports Collectables
52 N Main St, Hartford
AJ's Sports Collectables opened their newest store in downtown Hartford in December 2020. Aaron and Josh, the owners, originally started AJ's Sports Collectables LLC in January of 2015 and opened their first location in West Allis, WI. In 2018 they opened a new location in Greenfield, WI that nearly doubled the size of their store. The local entrepreneurs buy and sell sports memorabilia, including sports cards and autographed sports collectables.
Bridlewood Subdivision Development
Neumann Developments plans to build 22 duplexes (44 units) in the Bridlewood Subdivision. The subdivision is currently made up of multi-unit condominiums, duplex style condominiums and a centralized clubhouse with pool.
The project, which was approved at the November 2020 Plan Commission meeting, will consist of the property being developed into small "courts" with 4 - 6 duplexes in each court and 6 duplexes (12 units) along Bridlewood Drive. The developers are expected to begin the project as early as December of 2020.
New Retail Center - 1502 E Sumner St, Hartford WI
MSI General has proposed building a new retail center in place of the current occupant, which is a Clark Gas Station. The existing structure would be torn down and a new two-tenant building with a drive-through would be built. The retail space would be a total of about 4474 SF, have about 39 parking spaces and would be nicely finished and landscaped. The property is currently surrounded by retail and commercial space, as well as, a nearby medical clinic. The site plan was proposed and given preliminary approval in June, 2020. The new retail facility is planned to accommodatea drive-thru on the west side of the building and queuing and ordering on the north and west sides of the building.
Trade Tech Inc. 2231 Constitution Ave. Hartford, WI
The Brozozowski Brothers LLC recently proposed an increase in their originally proposed 18,012 square foot addition, approved in December, 2019, to the Trade Tech building located on Constitution Avenue. The newly proposed 56,305 SF addition would significantly increase the size of the current facility which is approximately 33,000 square feet. The newly proposed addition, was given preliminary approval in May, 2020 and would include a tenant, Sarens USA. Sarens USA, would lease approximately 25,000 square feet of the addition and the remainder of the space would house a new shop bay, two new bathrooms, and a new welding and fabrication area for Trade Tech.
Trade Tech Inc. was founded in 1985 with the current facility built in 2007. The company is a family owned business that specializes in precision CNC machining and fabrication, providing service to customers locally and nationwide. Sarens USA is a large multinational company that was looking for a Midwest location. Trade Tech provides service and parts for the Sarens USA company, which makes large cranes.
Prescription Analytics - 780 E Loos St, Hartford WI
Prescription Analytics has proposed a new office building and storage facility near the intersection of Bell Ave and S Wilson Ave, located on the north half of the 2.75 acre parcel. The office building is planned to be 6,155 square feet with a separate storage facility that would be an additional 2,400 square feet. A re-zoning of the parcel was required to B-4 Office to facilitate the site plan and allow the company to expand, while remaining in the City. The architecturally pleasing building design was preliminary approved in April 2020.
Prescription Analytics is currently located at 823 E Sumner St in Hartford. The successful consulting firm started in 2009 and specializes in support services for sales, operations and many phases of development for pharmaceutical, life science and bio-tech companies.
Goeman's Rapid Mart addition -
2712 E Sumner Street, Hartford
The Goemans, owner's of the BP gas station on Hartford's east side, have proposed a plan for a 1600 SF addition to the existing gas station. As shown on the site plan, the building addition would be on the west side of the building and would include a new canopy, with the latest BP design. The building would be finished with stone veneer wainscot and vinyl. The planning commission approved the preliminary review in March 2020.
Conceptual Plan Proposed - 3141 & 3151 County Trunk Highway (CTH) K
Hoffman Properties LLC has proposed a plan for the development of approximately 2.2 acres of land located just south of the City of Hartford on County Rd K. The project is currently in the Town of Hartford and development would require the property to be annexed to the City.
The proposed plan would consist of converting two existing buildings into two-family and three-family properties, and building an additional two-family and four-family property on the lot, with a potential plan of up to 13 units.
The Plan Commission reviewed the project in February 2020 and the project, if approved could begin construction in 2020. Final details and building design would be voted on by the Plan Commission before any site plans are given final approval.
17 Acre Mixed Use Re-Development Opportunity - Hartford Plaza 1201-1275 Bell Avenue
Working with Vandewalle & Associates the concept rendering shown below was unveiled as a potential plan to revitalize the Hartford Plaza. The development would be a mixed use of apartments, retail stores and office space, additional restaurants and park-like gathering space. This exciting new vision was unleashed in January, 2019 for the Common Council. In February 2019, the City approved a conceptual plan to begin the process to re-develop the area where the former Kmart and Sentry stores were located. The City is seeking developers who are interested in developing all or part of the project. Since the original proposal is conceptual in nature, the finished product will likely change, as this is a starting point for the potential development. This creative new concept is full of opportunity, in a highly traveled and visible area in our vibrant, growing community.
Contact Justin Drew for more information regarding Hartford Plaza.
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PIKE PLACE DRIVE – OFFICE COMPLEX 110 N Pike Lake Dr. Hartford, WI
Design 2 Construct has proposed the development of an office complex at the northeast corner of Pike Place Drive and East Sumner Street (STH 60).
• The complex would be made up of three office buildings with a total square footage of approximately 20,000 square feet. The developer plans to build the southernmost building first, which is proposed to be 7,377 square feet and would be located on Lot 1 which is 4.967 acres. Each building would have a unique use, and would each have at least two tenant spaces available for lease.
• The City approved a concept plan for the office development in November 2019, and the project is proposed to begin in early 2020. The site plan shows the proposed buildings. The eastern portion of the lots would be undisturbed wetlands. The buildings are planned to have a minimalist look and a modern design. The single-story structures would have covered entry canopies and a patio facing south for employees.
Glenn Hepfner Inc is planning to build a new 12,000 SF addition. The new addition will be located southwest of the main facility, and will be used as a cold storage facility. Two storage areas within the building addition will provide the needed additional storage. The surrounding area, which is already commercial and industrial will have little impact from the addition, which was approved in September 2019 and planned to be built in the spring of 2020 .
The metal fabrication company has been in business since 1975 and was originally located in Sussex, WI. The company has continued to grow over the years and in 2004 it began building their 80,000 SF facility here in Hartford.
The Conservancy -
1329–1345 South Wilson Ave Hartford
Condo Development LLC is beginning construction of “The Conservancy” which was approved in August, 2019. Already underway, the developer, Greg James, plans to have its first units completed in spring of 2020. The view of the natural conservancy bordering the condominiums on three sides of the property no doubt inspired the name of this latest development.
The development is planned to be comprised of three (3) four-family buildings making up 12 units and eight (8) duplex style buildings making up the other 16 units in the 28-unit development.
The single story 2 BR, 2 BA condominiums are pictured to the right. A private driveway will provide access to the completed complex. Each unit will have 1 – 2 car garages for parking with an equal number of spaces on the approach; plus additional parking. A bike / walking path abutting the property on S. Wilson Ave will be part of the finished development. The project is proposed to be age-restricted.
Lotus Be Well - The Blooming Lotus - The Platonic Cafe – 47 N Main St. Hartford
Located in the Hartford downtown business district is a new storefront with three businesses in one location. Lotus Be Well has relocated and the Blooming Lotus and the Platonic Café also occupy the building; which is accessible from the city parking lot on Johnson St. as well as Main St. The wellness focused merchants offer a variety of holistic treatments and services, personalized natural therapies and educational materials. The Blooming Lotus retails supplements and health related products and is located within the storefront. On the lower level the Platonic Café offers a variety of nutritional drinks and foods high in vitamins.
Larpen Metallurgical Services Office Addition 1111 Western Ave, Hartford
Larpen Metallurgical Services proposed building a 1,460 square foot addition onto their existing 3,836 square foot building located on Western Ave. To facilitate the addition, land from their adjacent manufacturing property, located at 1049 Western Dr was surveyed and a new CSM (Certified Survey Map) was submitted with the plan. The proposed addition, approved in July 2019, will be located south of the existing building and will house offices, a conference room, restrooms and mechanical rooms.
Larpen Metallurgical Services is a supplier of graphite products and carbon additives throughout North America. In 1996, a large manufacturing facility was built in Hartford, to meet the growing demands for their products in North America. The facility here in Hartford is approximately 75,000 square feet, with additional manufacturing facilities around the United States and abroad.
Carmex Precision Tool LLC is planning to develop a 2.5 acre parcel of land they purchased from the City, into the company's sales and distribution center for North America. In June 2019, the City approved the proposed building which will be approximately 7,387 SF on one level, with room for future expansion.
The Carmex Precision Tool company specializes in the production of threading tools for turning and milling. The company has a production facility located in Richfield, WI, with its main facility located in Maalot, Israel.
The Rincon Development – 215 – 225 N Main St, Hartford
The Rincon is an important part of the strategic development of downtown Hartford. The upscale new apartment complex is located just north of City Hall, and features retail space on the street level. The development is scheduled to be ready for occupancy in the summer of 2020. The property was originally comprised of eight lots but has been re-divided and now makes up two lots. The development which was approved in March, 2019 is already underway.
The Rincon will consist of the following:
Lot 1 - 33,285 SF and consists of the new Rincon Development
- 82 Units
- Underground parking
- Club Room
- Luxury finishes
- Private balcony
- Retail space on the main level
Lot 2 – 14,124 SF will become the City Parking Lot.
- Parking for Rincon residents.
- Parking for visitors and city residents.
Lincoln School Addition 755 S Rural St. Hartford, WI 53027
Construction is complete on the 6,962 square foot addition to the Lincoln School building. The addition; located on the NW corner of the building houses the following:
- 4 New Class Rooms
- New restrooms
- 2 New Project Rooms
Passed by a referendum in the fall of 2018; the new addition was added for needed instructional space. The conceptual plan was approved in February of 2019 and was completed at the end of summer 2019.
Rossman School Addition 600 Highland Ave. Hartford, WI 53027
Construction is complete on the 7,395 square foot addition to the Rossman School building. The addition is located on the NW side of the building and houses the following:
- 4 New Class Rooms
- New restrooms
- 2 New Project Rooms
- Storage Room
- Exit Vestibule
Passed by a referendum in the fall of 2018; the addition was added for more instructional space. The conceptual plan was approved in February of 2019, and was completed at the end of summer 2019.
Craft Retreat House – 209 W Lincoln Ave, Hartford
A “Craft Retreat House” was proposed by Jean Harley. The home provides a place for small groups of people to spend time gathering to do crafting projects. A concept new to Hartford, the home provides refuge from the day to day and allows people to “get away” and go crafting. Similar “crafting homes” currently operate throughout areas of the State of Wisconsin. Groups of up to 12 people can rent the home for their projects. Classes and open sewing nights are part of the offering. The Craft Retreat House is also available to rent for meetings, showers, and church related retreats. The project was approved in January 2019 and has begun operation. The conditional uses permitted have some restrictions to maintain the residential atmosphere of the neighborhood.