Thursday, January 31, 2013

Bikeway Source Building Undergoing Renovation

The building where The Bikeway Source is located at 111 South Road across from Depot Park is undergoing renovation. The back portion of the building is over 100 years and was originally a barn. It was thought that the barn was moved many years ago and combined with the existing front portion of the building which was a grain bin.

The existing building is being shored up so a new floor can be poured.

According to Ken Larson's the building owner, the building is getting a new foundation and footings under the building. They will then put in a new floor. As part of the project, The Bikeway Source will get a new HVAC system. The project will also result in an additional 1800 square feet of retail space that will become available for rent. The project is expect to be completed by early Spring. Ken also mentioned he is looking  to add solar panels to the roof as well as on the roof of a warehouse he owns further down Railroad Ave. His goal is to power both of those buildings completely on solar energy.

While no changes are being made to the footprint the building, it's renovation will result in additional space being available for retail.

According to The Bikeway Source, once construction is complete they will expand the size of their showroom and reorganize the rest of their space. The Bikeway Source is been in their existing location for about 15 years.

This building has become some ramshackle in the past few years. It's great to see the owner making a long term investment. These improvements and additional retail space should help accelerate the redevelopment of the Depot Park area.


Anonymous said...

Is there any chance a business is openEd in the vacant lot across the street?

Adam Schwartz said...

I don't think there have been any takers yet.

Anonymous said...

The vacant lot looks horrible. They are renting it out to a painting company for storage. Great spot for a bistro or cafe!

Adam Schwartz said...

If I understand correctly one of the challenges of the vacant lot is room for parking. I think they could utilize the parking lot on the other side of Railroad avenue but it's not ideal.

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