Friday, January 9, 2009

Residents critique proposals to rebuild downtown library

Link to January 9 Capital Times post.

The importance of keeping a street-level presence for Madison's Central Library and locating it on a main city corridor gave one developer a slight edge in public opinion in the competition between two companies to rebuild the aging structure.

More than 50 people came to the city's Library Board meeting Thursday to hear from representatives of T. Wall Properties and the Fiore Cos., both of which are vying to rebuild the city's downtown library, 201 W. Mifflin St.

Though only a fraction of attendees spoke on the two plans, most seemed to favor the Fiore Cos.' plan, which would use an adjacent property already owned by the company on West Washington Avenue to create a six-story, stand-alone library that is part of an "integrated block" with other nearby buildings.

Link to January 8 Wisconsin State Journal article, "Developers pitch competing ideas for Central Library".

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