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Residents ask city to turn old gas station into classic car museum

Residents ask city to turn old gas station into classic car museum

Car enthusiast Tom Skinner owns a 1937 Chevrolet made at the old General Motors plant in Janesville. Over the years he has seen the city change, but he said there is one thing that should remain the same.

"This is a car town. General Motors has been here and Samson Tractor before that. We want to highlight and showcase this history of transportation in this city," Skinner said.

Skinner, along with other city residents, has formed the group Friends of Franklin Street Service Station to save a former 1930s gas station from being torn down. They are asking the city to allow them to restore the building and turn it into a classic car museum.

"I think this has a real good chance of bringing people to the downtown area. We've lost so many historic buildings, and this is one of the few remaining historic gas stations in the city. It would be a shame to see it disappear," he said.

Bioscience co. breaks ground on future headquarters in Beloit

Bioscience co. breaks ground on future headquarters in Beloit

A bioscience company broke ground on a new planned 50,000-square-foot facility in Beloit Thursday. 

The building at 1800 Gateway Blvd., planned to be finished later this year, will serve as the NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes headquarters, the company said. The facility will develop a radioisotope used in medical diagnostic imaging. 

NorthStar said in a news release that the facility is the first part of a planned 32-acre corporate campus. A second and third phase of expansion could double the building's size and build up to two additional facilities on the site by 2018.

The company said 20 full-time employees will work at the Gateway Boulevard building. According to the Rock County Development Alliance, NorthStar expects to have approximately 165 employees working at its Beloit campus within the next four years. NorthStar is currently headquartered in Madison at 5249 Femrite Drive.

 

Realtors hope warmer weather will heat up home sales

Realtors hope warmer weather will heat up home sales

Realtors are hoping spring-like temperatures heat up home sales since they've been down for the last two cold-winter months.

Existing home sales in February dropped 10.1 percent compared with last year. In Dane County, sales fell 5.7 percent.

No real change was recorded in Rock County home sales, but sales fell 35 percent in Sauk County. Sales did go up 12.1 percent in Columbia County.

There is some good news for sellers, the median home price in February was $130,000 statewide, which is 7 percent higher compared with last year.

Home sales up in state, making a comeback in Rock Co.

Home sales up in state, making a comeback in Rock Co.

Wisconsin home sales are up more than 11 percent for the first half of 2013 and what sellers are asking is also increasing.

The current median home price is about $140,000 and 12 percent more homes were sold in Dane County in June compared to the same time last year.

Iowa County saw one of the largest increases in prices and sales and Dodge County didn't see any change in home sales. Jefferson County spiked 9 percent for sales and 10 percent for the asking price.

It was a bit of a mixed bag in Columbia County, where residents were asking more but actual sales dropped about 7.2 percent. There was a similar situation in Rock County, where prices went up 10 percent but sales dropped 11 percent.

Realtors say the housing market in Rock County is making a comeback and that's good news for people looking to sell their home.

Case Feed Building Torn Down Amid Controversy

Residents were watching closely in Janesville on Tuesday morning when the Case Feed building on Rockport Road was torn down by the city of Janesville. 

The group Hand-in-Hand Historic Fourth had recently signed an offer to purchase the property, which is among the oldest buildings remaining in the city, but the city went ahead with plans to tear the building.

They issued a raze-and-repair order in October of 2009, according to the Janesville Gazette.

Check out some of the pictures from the demolition, taken by WISC-TV's Margo Spann.