New Business Park Breaks Ground in Madison, Wisc.

Aug. 4--Construction has begun on the Tradewinds Business Centre on the Southeast Side.

The 27-acre, mixed-use commercial real estate development at 4810 Tradewinds Parkway features a 45,000- square-foot anchor building that will be home to four companies.

The project includes 12 other lots, most of which are between two and three acres. Officials with B&R Enterprises, the developer, could announce in the next couple of weeks a tenant for a 9.5-acre lot in the business park, south of the Beltline and east of Highway 51.

Dennis Bauer, president of B&R Enterprises, said most of the businesses will be stores or offices, but the property is also appropriate for restaurants, movie theaters and a health club.

"We view this business park as an opportunity to create an attractive presence for what really is the entrance to Madison," said Bauer, referring to the development's position near Interstate 90-39 and Highway 51. "We are committed to designing it well and reflecting Madison's quality."

Mandli Communications, which provides data-collection services to the transportation industry, as well as media conversion, will move its operation and about 40 people from its Oregon location to the anchor building, Bauer said.

The state of Wisconsin Metrology Laboratory, which tests commercial weights and measures for accuracy and compliance, also will move into the facility along with computer technology services company Mad City Techs, Bauer said.

Madison-based Bauer & Raether Builders, a sister company to B&R Enterprises, is the general contractor for the project and also will establish its headquarters in the building. Construction is scheduled to be completed by January.