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Feuerhelm details retail, office complex for Ellsworth chamber

ELLSWORTH -- Site plans for a retail and office complex in the Crossing Meadows development on Ellsworth's northwest side were shown at the local chamber of commerce meeting Thursday.

Lonnie Feuerhelm, local accountant, said he hopes his complex can get underway this spring. Feuerhelm doesn't intend to move his accounting office there from its location in the village's west business district, he said.

Progress on the retail building will depend on whether further delays with the project are encountered. He said an earlier holding pond glitch involving an engineering firm has been resolved.

"I have a good relationship with the village," he said to clarify any misunderstandings which may have arisen because that unexpected setback happened.

His new local project will be similar to a complex he has in Lake Elmo, Minn., he said. As prepared by Lars Architectural Services of Hudson, the retail building offers seven 1,200 square foot spaces or "bays," though the two of those at either end are each divided into two 700 square foot areas on the plan. He said these layout arrangements can be somewhat flexible.

Changes will be made in the entrances specified on the plan, he said, along with some windows. An open ceiling treatment is envisioned. A couple of the spaces will be wired with three-phase electric in case an operation such as a restaurant is interested.

Dividing walls will be installed, but occupants will build out their own parts of the complex, situated parallel to the new Pamida store and south of it, the owner said. There will be parking areas on both sides of the building and drive-throughs will be possible at either end.

He wasn't sure about pricing. The project was designed for a cash flow of $10 per foot, which he said is presently standard for this vicinity, and excludes utilities.

No specific tenants have yet been confirmed for the retail site, also suited for offices, Feuerhelm said. Separately, three future office buildings are foreseen south of the retail premises, one of which would be targeted for an October completion if an agreement with a government agency is reached. He hopes the shell for the retail quarters can be done by mid-August, but is mindful the site plans must still be submitted to the state and the building plans, approved by the state last fall, may be resubmitted due to the changes.

Read more in the print version of the Herald April 2.