In 1982, Carol and Bob Stimac opened a small pizza and sandwich lounge in the heart of Antigo, Wisconsin where families could enjoy quality food at an affordable price. Named affectionately after a few family members, the first bb Jack's was born. Since then the tradition has continued. In 2010, our Wausau location was opened by Todd Stimac and Frank Stimac. In 2013, our De Forest location was opened by Todd Stimac and Brett Calkins. In 2019, our Cottage Grove was opened by Todd Stimac and Joe Wagner. All of our locations are proud to serve our handmade 30 year old pizza recipe. Thank you for choosing bb Jack's!
With a redevelopment incentive agreement with the village of Cottage Grove for the former Ghidorzi building in tax increment financing district No. 5, developer Joe Wagner wants to make the most of this opportunity.
The building, located at 1609 Landmark Drive, was built in in 2006 as a 28,000-square-foot structure intended for multiple tenant occupancy. However, the building has remained primarily vacant since it was built, and there is one tenant, Princeton Club, occupying 8,000 square feet....
“We have all kinds of plans, said Wagner, of CG Silver Badger LLC.
Among them is a restaurant with a family entertainment center that will include a game room.
“It will have a nice bar with outdoor seating and a substantial game room,” Wagner said. “Parents can go one way and the kids in the other.”
He said the restaurant will be bb Jack’s, owned by Todd Stimac. There are bb Jack’s restaurants in DeForest, Wausau and Antigo. Wagner said the business is working on its architectural designs.
Wagner, who lives in the Cottage Grove area, said the restaurant will be a destination point for families.
He said his development business, Greywolf Partners, the umbrella company that includes CG Silver Badger, will be located on the north side of the building. Greywolf Partners, located in Milwaukee, will have its satellite headquarters in Cottage Grove. Wagner will work in this new 2,600-square-foot office space with eight or nine employees.
Glen Oaks Insurance Group will open on the south side of the building, he said.
Wagner said he should have the majority of the space filled in the next 90-120 days. But, he added, the building still needs work.
“There are dirt floors, and the insulation is showing,” he said. “It is a work in progress.
Wagner also purchased a lot next to the building that could be used for a drive-thru lane in the near future.
In the agreement with the village, Wagner will guarantee a future property value of $3.7 million as of Jan. 1, 2021, which would be an increase of $1,57 million. In exchange, the village agrees to reimburse the developer $50,000 a year as a developer grant for a period of eight years, beginning in 2019 and ending in 2026. This reimbursement would come from taxes paid by the developer.
The developer grant would be reduced proportionally if the property value guarantee falls short. This agreement also has a clause to recover developer grant funding from 2019 and 2020 if the developer doesn’t meet the property value guarantee by Jan. 1, 2026.
After 2021, the $50,000 per year is not automatic, said Erin Ruth, village planner.
“The purchaser of the building is guaranteeing an increase of property value of approximately $1.5 million by 2021, from the repairs and buildout of the interior spaces. If the assessed value does not increase by that amount, the incentive is reduced proportionately,” he said. “For example, if the assessed value increases by approximately $750,000 the incentive is reduced to $25,000. If the assessed value does not increase at all, the incentive is $0.”
If the assessed value has not increased by the $1.5 million by 2026, the developer would need to refund some or all of the 2019 and 2020 incentives, again in proportion to the amount of the shortfall, Ruth added.