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Leeann Chin to anchor new building in Hudson Center development

On Monday, March 3, workers were waiting for warmer weather to continue laying the footings and foundation for the first retail building in Hudson Center. The building is going up on Crest View Drive across from the County Market store. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Randy Hanson)1 / 3
The first two buildings to be constructed on the site of the former state tourist information center will face the interior of the development. Hudson Center Drive is the new street through the property.2 / 3
This is a Frisbie Architects drawing of what the storefronts in the first 11,300-square-foot Hudson Center retail building will look like.3 / 3

Development of the former tourist information center site in Hudson is about to pick up speed.

Last Thursday, the city’s Plan Commission gave its approval to a certified survey map of the 16-acre property. The map divides the property into three development lots and reconfigures the lot lines for the existing Taco Bell restaurant.

Brian Zeller of Hudson Center LLC, the group developing the property, said the drawing of the final survey map had to wait until the developers and the owners of the restaurant reached agreement on the new lot lines.

The restaurant owners gave up some of the existing parking area to the west of the Taco Bell and gained property on the north side of the building.

After the City Council approves the map, the restaurant property will border the new Hudson Center Drive that runs through the development.

In a later interview, Zeller said: “We’re working with Taco Bell. They are going to reconfigure and update or remodel their store, and reconfigure the parking lot. As soon as that is complete, we’ll break ground on a second retail building.”

Work is already under way on the first 11,300-square-foot retail building in Hudson Center. The building is across from the County Market store on Crest View Drive, but faces toward the center of the development and the new Hudson Center Drive.

Zeller said a Leeann Chin restaurant will anchor the building.

He said the likely anchor tenant for the second 11,345-square-foot building is currently in Hudson and looking to open another location on the south side of Interstate 94. He didn’t want to name the company because the final draft of the lease hasn’t been signed yet.

The three development lots are condominium platted, so they can be subdivided for the businesses that locate there.

Zeller said the Hudson Center group is in negotiations with a hotel, a full-service restaurant, a fast-food restaurant and an auto parts store.

He wanted to put to rest some false rumors about other businesses speculated to be coming to the development.

He said the developers have never talked to Trader Joe’s or Olive Garden or Texas Roadhouse, and the site no longer works for a Kohl’s department store.

Zeller said there’s a lot of interest in the development from potential tenants and buyers.

“We’re real pleased,” he said.

Frisbie Architects of River Falls designed the building under construction. Derrick Construction of New Richmond is building it.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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