Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Two Proposals for New Central Madison Library

The current building, which opened in 1965

Link to December 2 Wisconsin State Journal article.

In response to a city request for proposals, T. Wall Properties and Fiore Cos. have offered plans for a library to replace the dated, 43-year-old facility on the 200 block of West Mifflin Street.

Wall is proposing to demolish the existing library and replace it with a $45 million, nine-story glass and stone structure with ground-floor library entrance and retail space, a three-story library and private offices above it. The library section is priced at $17.3 million.

Fiore is proposing is six-story, free-standing glass and brick library at the corner of Henry Street and West Washington Avenue abutting the existing library and next to its existing Network222 office tower.

After the new library is built, Fiore would demolish the old library and build a 380,000-square-foot mixed-use project on that site with retail space, 425 parking spaces and either a hotel or office space.

Fiore's full project, which would result in an integrated block, would cost up to $80 million with the library part priced at $20.4 million.

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