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Short drive shows construction is alive

By Ann Knoedler

My weekend errands often take me north on Highway 41/45 in Milwaukee County, during which I’ve been struck by three construction projects along that route.

Two of them are near each other on opposite sides of the 41/45 corridor in Menomonee Falls; and, it so happens, on opposite ends of the construction spectrum as well.

The third project is farther north at the Washington County/Dodge County line, and is a mystery to me.

The first project is a Woodman’s grocery store going up at the corner of Leon Road and North 124th Street, on the east side of the road. The contractor is Building Systems General of Madison. It’s fun to watch this project progress, for a couple of reasons: contractors are busy and — shameless plug here –- I like shopping at Woodman’s and have often thought that it was about time they built one closer to where I live.

A little farther north, on the west side of the road, sits a project that’s much less prosperous –- it’s the former Falls Inn at N88 W1477 Main St. in Menomonee Falls.

The interior has been gutted and the windows are gone, and that’s the way it’s been sitting for many months now. There was so much promise when the developer, Lodging Investors of Menomonee Falls LLC, Madison, put this hotel rehab project out for bids in August of 2007.

The project that intrigues me the most on this trek is at the Washington County/Dodge County line and is being built just off the highway on a pretty hill next to a farmstead on Highway 41, on the west side of the road.

There are no signs identifying the project, and I can’t tell what it is. I’m guessing a hotel by the shape of it. But it seems like such an unlikely, out-of-the-way location.

I’m hoping someone out there knows and can put an end to my guessing.

Ann Knoedler is a data reporter at The Daily Reporter. She’d be happy to be the next Woodman’s spokeswoman.

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