Changes on corner of Milton and Black Bridge
What it is: The shopping plaza at the corner of Black Bridge Road and Milton Avenue has seen a number of changes in the past six months, and more are coming.
The building next to Big Lots, 1714 Milton Ave., Janesville, has been home mostly to cobwebs for more than a decade.
Earlier this year, Planet Fitness announced plans to move into the 19,000-square-foot space.
The project includes remodeling the current building, some demolition and additional construction on the back of the building.
The remodeling meant a move for Cost Cutters, which was directly next door to the yet unopened Planet Fitness. Last week, workers tore down the old Cost Cutters to provide more room for parking.
Cost Cutters has already moved to its new location directly across Milton Avenue.
Progress: At 6:30 p.m. today at City Hall, 18 N. Jackson Street, the plan commission will hold a public hearing on a proposed CVS Pharmacy that a developer wants to build in the corner of the Big Lots parking lot.
The pharmacy would be 13,225 square feet and would be located on 1.21 acres. The owner of the property, Johnson Acquisition Corp., will be asking the commission for conditional–use permits for a two-lane drive-through and for an electronic message center.
It also needs a permit to share access to the adjoining streets.
What was there previously: In 1975, Kohl's opened a grocery store in what is now the Big Lots store, according to Gazette records.
Before that, the site was home to a "hot dog establishment."
The move to Milton Avenue came eight years after Kohl's attempted to build a grocery story on Atwood Avenue between Court and Milwaukee streets. Courthouse Hill residents and members of Trinity Episcopal Church objected strongly, and the idea was dropped.
CVS previously had a pharmacy in Creston Park Mall, about 1,000 feet from the proposed store.
CVS currently has a store 1832 Court Street, Janesville.
Completion date: If everything goes as planned, the new CVS will open this fall.