An announcement a decade in the making is starting to roll out.
The first tenant for the long-vacant Home Depot building will be a TJ Maxx/ Home Goods.
TJ Maxx/ Home Goods will take up about 40,000-square-feet of the more than 100,000-square-foot complex.
Three more tenants are still unknown, but those announcements could be forthcoming after EBL&S development group applied this week for interior renovation and exterior demolition of the former garden center.
The building has stood vacant - and a notable orange-hued bugbear among many residents - since Home Depot closed its doors in 2008. EBL&S purchased the building in 2015, and residents have been waiting with bated breath for retail announcements ever since.
Mayor Myron Bailey said that after all this waiting, the dominoes could fall very fast.
TJ Maxx/ Home Goods plans to open this fall, and interior work in preparation of the other three tenants could result in their speedy move-in.
One of the yet unknown tenants will be in a 50,000-square-foot space, and has some special requirements that will need a conditional use permit. The other two spaces are 6,000- and 8,000-square-feet.
Bailey said the developer will scrub the orange from the building’s facade, making it a nicer looking center similar to Hy-Vee.
“It’s very exciting news for city of Cottage Grove and the citizens,” he said. “(Hy-Vee and TJ Maxx/ Home Goods) being the first two, is going to bring new vibrancy back to the area.”