Janesville Plan Commission OKs restaurant plans

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Marcia Nelesen
Tuesday, June 4, 2013

— The city will get a freestanding Panda Express restaurant and a second, undisclosed fast-food restaurant in a new, three-tenant strip mall, both of which will be in the area of Milton Avenue and Interstate 39/90.

The Janesville Plan Commission on Monday approved conditional-use permits for both developments.

The Panda Express will be built on 1.54 undeveloped acres on the southwest corner of the intersection of Morse Street and Milton Avenue on the city's northeast side. Arby's is located to the north of the site across Morse Street.

The site is owned by BLM Land.

The Panda Express building will be 2,543 square feet and will include a dining area, drive-through lane and parking.

The building will be oriented so its curved wall will face both Morse Street and Milton Avenue, and an outdoor dining patio will be built along the north side of the building.

A second building of undetermined use also is planned to be built later at the site.

A traffic impact analysis was conducted as part of the Menards development, and most necessary improvements already are in place.

Still unresolved is an access road that city staff recommended be built along the west side of the site, east of the Target strip mall, as part of the conditional-use permit.

The developer and the owner of the adjoining Kwik Trip property have agreed to apply jointly to get the road built.

A Panda Express currently operates in The Janesville Mall, but no one could be reached Monday to determine if that restaurant will remain open.

The same developer also received a conditional-use permit to build a strip mall in the Kmart parking lot across the street at 2233 Humes Road, on the northeast corner of Milton Avenue.

The three-tenant building will house a fast-food restaurant, a dentist's office and a cellular phone retailer. Developer Terry McGuire said the name of the restaurant would be disclosed when the lease is signed in several weeks.

The property is on 1.5 acres, and the proposed building will measure 7,500 square feet.

A traffic study was not required, as peak-hour traffic volumes are not expected to exceed 100 vehicles.

Last updated: 7:56 am Monday, July 29, 2013

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