Work has begun at the former Tee Pee Supper Club site.
Beginning Monday morning, barriers were erected along Superior Avenue and La Crosse Street, the remaining wall between the former Tee Pee and V.I.P Realty was dismantled and trailers for the architect Market and Johnson were put in place.
Roger Gorius, city of Tomah city administrator, said the site is being prepared for a building that will include a restaurant, retail space and residential apartments. While it is winter, he said there are steps property owners 3rd Gen. LLC can take to get a head start on construction.
“I’m not an engineer, but I know they can start a lot of things,” Gorius said. “They can block off the site and they can put support pilings, but the main thing is they needed to get that wall cleared up, and I don’t know if they need to put a barrier up before construction to protect the V.I.P. building.”
It’s exciting to see something happen across the street from Tomah city hall, Gorius said. The restaurant building was demolished in January 2017.
“It has been a big empty lot for a long time,” he said. “I knew they would do it, I just didn’t know when they would start.”
Gorius said it’s a time-consuming project that involves “financing and (getting) the design standards in place, their architect − it’s a big project. I’m glad they’re taking it on. It’s pretty civic minded of them to go ahead and do it. I can’t wait to see it completed.”
City of Tomah mayor Nellie Pater is also thrilled to see something happen at the site.
“I think that we’re finally moving forward ... and it’s a good site to see,” she said. “I’m excited. It’s something new in our city and something that people will enjoy.”