Friday, October 11, 2019

Judge Doyle Square project UPDATE: With some minor cosmetic changes


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9/25/2019 update, " Guess we'll be looking at this scene for awhile", starts here.

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Negotiations with Stone House Development continue for Judge Doyle Square housing project. (Madison.com, 9/24/2019)
The team and the developer scheduled five negotiating sessions through the end of October with the second session set for Thursday, Sept. 26. The staff team hopes to present a draft development agreement to the Finance Committee Nov. 11. From there, a resolution would be introduced at the Nov. 19 City Council meeting with the possibility for a vote Dec. 3. If the development agreement is approved, the construction start date is targeted for June 1, 2020, with a move-in date of June 2021.

9/6/2019 update starts here


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Update: Madison weighing costly choices on Judge Doyle Square, negotiations to come.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 8/13/2019)
Under Gebhardt’s initial plan, the nine-story building would have had an engineered wood frame. But the relatively new construction method isn’t yet recognized in the state building code. A concrete frame building, however, would be too heavy for the base, which consists of a five-level public underground parking garage, first-floor commercial space and two floors of above-ground parking. 
Using concrete would also add to the cost and set the project back by up to six months in order to modify the base, the company said.
Another setback for Judge Doyle Square, as city calls for new developer for portion of project.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 8/27/2019)
Gebhardt was picked in June in large part because its plan for the building offered the largest number of low-cost housing units in the apartment complex that would go above the garage. 
But on Monday, the committee recommended the city go with Stone House Development, which the city’s negotiating team had initially chosen for the project. 
Madison picks Judge Doyle Square developer offering fewer affordable housing units.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 9/4/2019)
On a near unanimous vote, the council picked Stone House Development — which the city’s negotiating team had initially recommended — to build an apartment complex above the soon-to-be-completed parking garage on the Madison Municipal Building block. 
 
Gebhardt had proposed around 80 affordable housing units, while Stone House proposed around 40, with around half being just as affordable as Gebhardt and half being less affordable.

8/3/2019 update starts here.

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City faces costly choice on low-cost housing for Judge Doyle Square.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 8/1/2019)
Under one new option from Gebhardt Development, distributing the originally proposed 78 units throughout the building while restricting them to those making no more than 60% of Dane County median income, or $54,240 for a family of three, could cost the city up to $2.4 million more than planned. Other options would reduce the number of low-cost units but still increase the public cost up to $720,000



7/12/2019 update starts here.


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6/12/2019 update starts here.

From the top of the Government East ramp

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Madison committee recommends Gebhardt Development for Judge Doyle Square project. (Madison.com, 6/11/2019)
On a near-unanimous voice vote, the committee opted for a plan by Gebhardt Development, of Madison, that would set aside 78 of 196 apartments for households with incomes at or below 60% of the county median income, or $49,560 for a family of three.


'Resolve the impasse:' City Council approves Judge Doyle Square project changes.  (Capital Times, 6/9/2019)
“The proposal tonight will resolve the impasse and will allow us to build a hotel, I think, as quickly as possible to serve Monona Terrace,” Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, said. 
It will also reduce the risk of future litigation, City Attorney Mike May said.



Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway baffled by recent disagreement over Judge Doyle Square.  (Capital Times, 6/6/2019)
However, on May 3, Beitler sent the city two notices of default on a development agreement between the partners. The setback follows signs of some progress after another round of default notices in March.

From East Wilson Street between MLK Blvd. and King St.


5/31/2019 update starts here.

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Amid progress, city and developer renew spat over Judge Doyle Square.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 5/30/2019)
Madison is again squabbling with a developer over part of the massive Judge Doyle Square project covering parts of the Madison Municipal Building and Government East parking garage blocks Downtown. 
Beitler Real Estate Services of Chicago is taking steps to build a hotel to serve Monona Terrace, one of two glass-sheathed buildings it eventually hopes to construct on the Government East block.

City staff recommends Stone House Development for Judge Doyle Square project.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 5/25/2019)
A special city negotiating team is recommending Stone House Development, of Madison, over two other suitors to do a pricey mixed-use development above the large underground parking garage nearing completion at the Judge Doyle Square project Downtown.

4/20/2019 update starts here.

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Madison gets first look at three new proposals for piece of Judge Doyle Square.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 4/16/2019)
Gebhardt Development and Stone House Development, both of Madison, and Mandel Group, of Milwaukee, on Monday responded to a city request for development proposals with distinct designs for a private portion of the project site, which includes the landmark Madison Municipal Building and aging Government East parking garage blocks.

3/19/2019 update starts here.

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Mid-February edition starts here.

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City to ask for affordable housing in Judge Doyle Square developer proposals.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 2/1/2019)
The city settled a dispute with Judge Doyle Square developer Beitler Real Estate Services of Chicago by agreeing on Jan. 8 to pay the firm $700,000 in exchange for development rights to the Downtown project in the block directly behind the Madison Municipal Building, among other terms. Now the city is looking for a developer for that portion of the project.


Judge Doyle Garage.  (City of Madison Engineering)



1/14/2019 update starts here.

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City Council approves $700,000 payment to developer to resolve Doyle Square dispute.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 1/9/2019)
Council members voted 15-0 in favor of the proposal — which also requires Beitler to accelerate construction of a hotel to serve Monona Terrace — after the body last year rejected two other proposals meant to resolve the dispute with the Chicago-based developer. 
The proposal amends a development agreement between Madison and Beitler and would free the city to seek a new developer to build behind the Madison Municipal Building

12/14/2018 update starts here.

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Judge Doyle Square litigation could cost city $40 million, developer says.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 11/20/2018)
The council twice has refused to pay $600,000 to Beitler to resolve the dispute over part of the $186 million project, which calls for a hotel, apartments, commercial space and parking on blocks that hold the Madison Municipal Building and Government East parking garage.


8/14/2018 update starts here.

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Judge Doyle Square designs earn praise for ability to stand alone if development deal falls through.  (Capital Times, 6/19/2018)







Mid-July update starts here.

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Related articles:
Developer sues city of Madison over Judge Doyle Square project.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 6/5/2018)
City moves forward with Judge Doyle Square plans despite lawsuit. (WKOW, 6/6/2017)
Madison seeks to hire outside law firm in litigation with Judge Doyle Square developer.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 6/14/2018)


6/5/2018 update starts here.

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5/13/2018 update, "There's that huge hole in the ground again", starts here.

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Explainer: What's going on with the Judge Doyle Square project in downtown Madison?  (Capital Times, 5/12/2018)
Construction on a new municipal garage is underway (note the huge hole in the ground behind the Madison Municipal Building between Doty and East Wilson streets). However, the developer said it is too expensive to construct a building on top of the underground ramp and is asking the city to fund a structural component of the project. 


4/23/2018 update, "That big pile of dirt is gone", starts here.

View from just southwest of MLK Blvd.

Shape-shifting panorama






3/2/2018 update, "What's going on behind the Madison Municipal Building?" starts here.

Installation of a new addition at the rear of MMB for staff and building support space.

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Madison Municipal Building renovation

What's going on with renovations at the Madison Municipal Building?  (Capital Times, 2/27/2017)
A $30 million plan to renovate the landmark Madison Municipal Building could be delayed two months, city engineers estimate, after bids from two general contractors came in significantly over the city’s budget.

City sighs relief with new bids for Madison Municipal Building renovation.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 4/26/2017)
To save money, the city cut back masonry restoration, removed an audiovisual package, separated bids for historic window restoration on the second and third floors and changed a number of smaller items, said Bryan Cooper, an architect for the city’s Engineering Division.

Municipal Building renovations on track to finish by fall 2018.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 8/28/2017)
Progress is also being made in the back of the building. Construction of the annex addition behind the rooftop courtyard is underway, Schuchardt said, and the crew has begun the masonry work at the courtyard as well.

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