Hovde In The News

Five companies were selected Wednesday as finalists for their proposals to redevelop Madison Area Technical College’s Downtown campus.

The college’s District Board of Trustees decided on the finalists in closed session from a pool of 11 developers interested in ground-leasing the land from the college.

Four of the five proposed projects call for using some existing structures on the 2-acre site.

While the projects vary in features — including creating public park space and providing living space for artists — four of the plans call for a hotel at the site at 211 N. Carroll St.

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Waunakee Village Board members met in closed session last week to discuss the details of Hovde Properties’ redevelopment proposal for the 200 block of Main Street’s north side. A letter from Hovde Properties to the village notes that the developer has closed on all of the properties acquired for the project and lays out a proposed

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Hovde sets sights on Waunakee

CJ Wessel —  December 14, 2016

Hovde Properties is hoping to redevelop another portion of Main Street in Waunakee with a u-shaped, mixed-use complex. If approved, the redevelopment would bring 14,000 square feet of retail and 117 apartments to the area.

In 2015, Hovde redeveloped the former Koltes Lumber building on Main Street into a retail building.

The developer would like to break ground in 2017 and open it by May 2018, according to the Waunakee Tribune.

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Madison, Wisconsin is getting ready to celebrate the unveiling of a first-of-its-kind art installation that will put the midwestern city on the world map for landmark innovation. On Thursday, Nov. 10 from 5-7 p.m., the downtown networking event, New Places, New Faces will be hosted by Downtown Madison Inc., Hovde Properties and award winning mosaic artist Jonathan Brown, to reveal a giant waterfall mural installed with LED lights running the entire height of the 10-story historic building located at 316 W. Washington Ave.

“Madison is on the map,” Jonathan Brown tells AXS, excited about Thursday’s event.  While Brown and his Houston based company, Modern Mosaics Inc., has already captured national attention for a long list of landmark installations across the U.S., he considers this project to be a significant mark of what art and technology can create together. “Rather than just a large-scale mural, I really wanted to give Madison something different. I think an illuminated running waterfall makes a strong statement about the city’s future and its booming technology sector,” he says.

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Downtown Houston Waterfall

CJ Wessel —  November 18, 2016

Houston-based artist creates massive mural in motion

We’ll soon have a waterfall between Lakes Monona and Mendota. A massive, cascading mural will be unveiled on West Washington Avenue on Nov. 10. Its working title is simply “The Waterfall,” though that may give way to “Technology in Motion.” Roughly 15 by 123 feet, it adorns the former AT&T building, 316 W. Washington Ave. “The objective was to make the mural look like it’s in motion, falling down onto the awning, which I also designed,” says artist Jonathan Brown. He and a team of 10 worked on the mural’s painted panels at Brown’s Houston-based Modern Mosaics studio. Brown says the mural includes nearly 500 full-color changing LED nodes. Also, “It has 15 really theatrical exterior lights and, in the ground in front of the building, a lot of lighting nodes trickling out to the street.”

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Interview: Artist Jonathan Brown

CJ Wessel —  November 18, 2016

Artist Jonathan Brown interview brings new life to Madison landmark

Madison, Wisconsin is getting ready to celebrate the unveiling of a first-of-its-kind art installation that will put the midwestern city on the world map for landmark innovation. On Thursday, Nov. 10 from 5-7 p.m., the downtown networking event, New Places, New Faces will be hosted by Downtown Madison Inc., Hovde Properties and award winning mosaic artist Jonathan Brown, to reveal a giant waterfall mural installed with LED lights running the entire height of the 10-story historic building located at 316 W. Washington Ave.

“Madison is on the map,” Jonathan Brown tells AXS, excited about Thursday’s event.  While Brown and his Houston based company, Modern Mosaics Inc., has already captured national attention for a long list of landmark installations across the U.S., he considers this project to be a significant mark of what art and technology can create together. “Rather than just a large-scale mural, I really wanted to give Madison something different. I think an illuminated running waterfall makes a strong statement about the city’s future and its booming technology sector,” he says.

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Madison’s newest art installation has already garnered headlines, but the economic ripple effect of privately commissioned art is the real story.

Artist Jonathan Brown of Houston-based Modern Mosaics has been hard at work for the past week overseeing the final stages of installation of his massive 123-foot by 15-foot lighted waterfall mural at the 316 W. Washington Ave. building owned by Hovde Properties (a live video feed of the final stages of installation can be viewed here). But Brown isn’t the only one who’s helped bring this project to life.

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Downtown Madison’s bustling tech hub at 316 W. Washington Ave. soon will feature a hard-to-miss, statement-making lighted mural running the entire height of the 10-story building.

Scaffolding has been erected in front of the 316 Building, owned by Hovde Properties, the past two weeks as workers from Artemis Fine Art Services of Dallas install the 123-foot by 15-foot mural meant to evoke a waterfall. The artwork was created by Jonathan Brown and his team of a dozen artists from Modern Mosaics of Houston.

 

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A recent article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, by Scott Resnick highlights how Hovde Properties is helping make Madison Wisconsin an amazing business start up city. Quoting Resnick, “I’ll be blunt: “This is fantastic for Madison!” First, Hovde Properties and their team of architects took a bullish outlook on start-up community in Madison and our downtown. The finishes aren’t gaudy, rather they contain a chic start-up vibe. My wife and I recently ate at Red Sushi, now relocated into the first floor, and it was the exact kind of location our downtown needed. Could other downtown property owners have made this kind of investment?

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Just a few years ago, the aging 10-story AT&T building, a couple of blocks off the Capitol Square at 316 W. Washington Ave., was sitting mostly empty.

Today, it is bustling with activity and has become the newest entrepreneurial hub in Madison, with some of the most vibrant young businesses making it their home. Along with its new identity, it sports a new name: the 316 Building.

 

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