A $13 million, 73-unit luxury housing project is in the works for downtown Union Grove.
This village has been trying to redevelop the old grain mill site for multiple years. Now the Granary, a luxury apartment development with additional commercial space, has been approved with construction expected to start in late July.
Arthur Sawall of Sawall Development in Sussex said Racine County Economic Development Corp. approached him about two years ago after Village President Mike Aimone saw one of Sawall’s projects.
“I wasn’t sure there would be enough demand” for housing, said Sawall, an electrical engineer, but he decided to act after Foxconn Technology Group became a certainty.
The complex, on just less than 4 acres, will have multiple addresses on Main Street, State Street and Mill Avenue.
Sawall said his one- and two-bedroom apartments, in five buildings, will include vinyl plank flooring, solid-core doors, granite and quartz countertops, high-end appliances, walk-in closets, exterior brick and garages, most of them attached to the apartment units. Each unit will have its own patio or balcony.
Rents will be about $1,150 per month for one-bedroom units and $1,450 to $1,600 per month for two-bedroom units.
He will also build one commercial building of 1,800 to 2,000 square feet, which will house the full-time management office, a club/community room, fitness room and a coffee shop with a drive-thru capability.
Sawall said the Granary will have a picnic area and ample outdoor seating. “I want to create a sense of community,” he said. “That’s very important to me.”
“The Village of Union Grove has been trying to encourage development on these downtown parcels for about 10 years,” Village Administrator Mark Janiuk said. “The Granary development will eliminate blighted conditions that exist on some of these lots and bring a great multifamily and commercial development to Union Grove. We anticipate that the new residents will support local businesses in the downtown area. We are looking forward to Sawall Development breaking ground this summer.”
Sawall said he expects to open the first apartment building next June and then one a month after that.
The project will add about $10 million to the property tax roll, Janiuk said.