Commission approves design of Grandview Commons grocery store

Some neighbors say grocery store is too large for area

Madison’s most controversial grocery store got another green light Wednesday when the Urban Design Commission approved the store’s design.

For the first time, the store developers showed what Copps Marketplace will look like, and at the Urban Design Commission meeting, they seemed especially pleased with its windows, outdoor plaza and landscaping.

Developers showed an animation of an aerial view over the 58,000-square-foot store and detailed lush landscaping planned for a field off Cottage Grove Road.

“It’s pretty exciting what they’ve done, and it should be a real asset to the community,” said Lisa Allen, who lives near Grandview Commons, a neighborhood where the store will be built.

But the planned superstore doesn’t sit well with everyone, and it hasn’t since Veridian Homes first proposed it. People living in Grandview Commons fought for a smaller store, but several years and amendments later, the Madison Common Council approved the 58,000-square-foot space in March.

“This is a big building folks, and it’s very close to the sidewalk and 60 feet away are homes, and something needs to be done to soften that big, 200-foot wall,” said Paul Riley, who opposes the store.

Aesthetics aside, some neighbors said they worry about acoustics, specifically loud noises from the trash compactor and loading docks. But the alder representing the third district where the store will sit said residents shouldn’t worry.

“It’s not mimicking any old-world look. It’s not mimicking any other Copps store. It looks very different from other grocery stores we have seen in the Madison and Wisconsin area,” said Alderwoman Lauren Cnare.

The design plans only made it through an initial approval. In November, the UDC will vote on a final approval that will include recommendations from Wednesday’s meeting.

Commission approves design of Grandview Commons grocery store

The UDC will then pass the plans on to the Planning Commission and finally the Madison Common Council for its final vote.