Madison is close to breaking ground on the $176 million Judge Doyle Square project Downtown.
Well done, city officials, and congratulations to the developer, Beitler Real Estate Services of Chicago. They slowly but surely found a path to approval for this massive and transformative development after a previous proposal for the site fell through.
If all goes well, construction of a 560-stall public parking garage beneath the two-block site will begin this fall. Then three curved glass towers will start to take shape in 2019. They will house a 252-room hotel, about 350 apartments, retail space and a bicycle center.
Also included is an eye-catching art installation. Statues of bicyclists in a shallow pond with running water would give the illusion of movement.
“It’s an exciting project for Downtown. It’s totally different than anything else we’ve had,” Ald. Sheri Carter said this week, as she and other members of the Plan Commission unanimously approved zoning changes, survey maps, a demolition permit and building-height waivers. “I look forward to its completion.”