BELOIT

Hendricks Commercial Properties is looking to preserve the historic feel of a former dairy and railway station as it constructs the Wright and Wagner Lofts in downtown Beloit.

With demand still high for downtown housing, the 74,600-square-foot, 54-unit residential apartment community will build off the success of the Phoenix Apartments, which opened in 2014 on Grand Avenue.

The approximate unit size will be 965 square feet, said RoseAnn Haedt, director of public relations at Hendricks Commercial Properties.

Dan Barkes, the company’s vice president of development for the Midwest region, said construction on the first building is on schedule to allow interior work to continue through winter.

“Our goal is to complete the structural portion of the development along with the roof, windows and siding to seal up the building, allowing us to work through the winter on the interior build-out,” Barkes said.

The project eventually will include three buildings near 200 W. Grand Ave., the site of a former railway station, dairy and Kerry Ingredients production facility.

“As far as design goes, we are using a tumbled brick to stay with a brick finish that was used back at the turn of the 20th century,” Barkes said. “We are using board form concrete that was commonly used in that time period.”

The development carries the name of the former Wright and Wagner Dairy, which once stood at the corner of Grand Avenue and Fourth Street.

Barkes said structural construction could be complete by late December, paving the way for interior work and a potential “late spring or early summer” opening in 2021.

After experiencing a problem with the groundwater table during the 2017 construction of the Hotel Goodwin, 500 Public Ave., Barkes said the company took steps to ensure design of the Wright and Wagner development wouldn’t face similar problems.

“It has gone very smooth,” he said. “This is just another step towards improving the livability in downtown Beloit. We’re really looking forward to this.”

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