South Street building gets a facelift

By Katherine Michalets - Freeman Staff

Nov. 12, 2015

Roofers work on the building at the southwest corner of Barstow and South Streets on Wednesday.
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA -The long-empty retail space at the corner of Barstow and South streets is getting a much-needed makeover after years of sitting vacant.

Jeff Fortin, Waukesha Community Development specialist, said since John Ozug purchased the property at the end of 2013, he has made significant renovations on the inside.

Now, the exterior is being tackled with roof work occurring the past couple of weeks.

Ozug did not return calls seeking additional information about the work or if there is a tenant for the large, glassed-in space facing the intersection.

Fortin said there are two tenants in the building already, including a photography studio.

Ozug told The Freeman in 2014 that the building is actually one space thatís interconnected, and thus has four different addresses: 757 Barstow St. and 209, 211 and 213 South St.

For a long time a music store was located in the building, which was vacant starting in the mid-1990s.

Last year, Ozug said: ďThe windows, lighting and high ceiling will lend itself well to either retail, or weíre toying with the idea of a trendy spot for people to hang out. Iím very open to ideas, but thatís the next phase.Ē