Village Pointe in, laser tag out
No plans now for old Pick n Save site

By Melanie Boyung - News Graphic Staff

June 4, 2015

GRAFTON One project is moving forward as another has disappeared in Grafton, changing the landscape of the south commercial district.

Village Pointe Commons, a continuum of care senior community being developed by Tarantino & Company, should be moving forward in July. The Village Board Monday approved several small changes to the escrow agreement with Tarantino and the previous property owner; the closing date was delayed because Tarantino & Company had not met a contractual condition to pull their building permits before closing.

The village placed the condition that the company needed to obtain building permits before closing on the property as a precaution, according to Village Planner Jessica Wolff; ensuring that the new company is actually ready to build before obtaining the property prevents the company from planning a development and then falling through on development plans in Grafton.

Its basically just a way for the village to make sure something would happen on the property, Wolff said.

Wolff said that Tarantino & Company has claimed they will begin the first phase of the project this summer, completing that phase of construction in 12 to 14 months. They are scheduled to make their final plan submission to the state late this month, to obtain the last approvals needed before building. The development will be on the former Manchester Mall property on Wisconsin Avenue.

At the same time, plans that had been forming for laser tag in Grafton are no more. Legends of War Tactical Laser Tag had a conditional use permit being considered by the village in March for a recreational laser tag facility set up in the old Pick n Save building, also on Wisconsin Avenue in the south commercial district, but those plans have halted.

They (the laser tag business) are no longer in the picture, Wolff said.

The business plan for the laser tag facility had been for an open-play laser tag facility using about 14,000 square feet of the former Pick n Save on the north end of the building. The business also had plans for holding private laser tag parties and events. According to Wolff, the company that owns the building decided Legends of War did not show enough profit in their projections for the first three years of the business.

Wolff said she was not aware of the business looking at any other locations in Grafton. The Pick n Save building has been vacant for six years, since Pick n Save moved to its current location in 2009, according to information from the village.

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