Site to have office building, storage units
What it is: An office building and self-storage units under development on a 12-acre parcel bordered by Highway 14, County E and Hackbarth Road in Janesville Township.
In March, Janesville businessman and developer Jim Grafft sold the triangle-shaped parcel to Jeff Fox, owner of Fox LLC, a development company that builds and manages storage facilities.
Fox is building a 5,000-square-foot, single-story office building on part of the property. The office building will house Fox LLC. The property also will include four buildings of mini-storage units.
Over the years, the parcel has been home to several businesses that fronted Highway 14. One of the more notable was LaPods, a popular supper club in the 1950s and '60s.
Fox, the retired president and chief executive office of LeMans Corp. in Janesville, also is building a storage facility in Fort Knox, Tenn., and has plans for other storage facilities. The Janesville office will manage the other storage facilities.
Fox said he is using all local contractors on the project. They include Ivan Rice & Sons, Van Brocklin Electric, H&H Electric, Fanning Excavating and Lloyd's Plumbing. Prairie Craftsmen is the general contractor.
"The local economy is horrendous," Fox said. "I wanted to keep all the work local to help these companies out."