Thursday, March 25, 2010

"Dissatisfaction" With Collapsed Madison Central Library Project

Link to March 25 Wisconsin State Journal article, "Mayor puts renovation on ambitious schedule".

Excerpt:   The renovated facility would be larger, the price tag about $6 million less, and the time frame 24 months sooner than for a 105,000-square-foot, six-story, glass and stone library proposed by the Fiore Cos. at the corner of Henry Street and West Washington Avenue, the mayor wrote.

The mayor, who could not be immediately reached for comment, wrote that he intends to introduce a resolution designating a design consultant on April 20 with council approval of that first step on May 5.

“Staff and I believe this is an ambitious but doable schedule,” the mayor wrote, adding that he would later bring a full and detailed plan to the council for approval.

Ald. Mike Verveer, 4th District, who represents the core Downtown, said that he is offering “lukewarm” support for the renovation and that Downtown stakeholders are voicing “dissatisfaction” with the sudden collapse of talks with Fiore and the mayor’s quick pivot to renovation.

“There’s a lot of dissatisfaction and frustration among the folks I’ve talked to,” Verveer said.

Related articles:
Fiore Departure Seen as Beneficial to Madison Central Project.  (3/23/2010)
Matter of Principle" Dooms New Central Madison Library.  (3/20/2010)
Madison Central: The Dream Dies, It's Now Time to Renovate. (3/19/2010)
Dispute over Construction Costs Threatens to Derail New Central Madison Library. (3/17/2010) Madison Public Library Project Faces Delay in 2011. (3/9/2010)
Construction, Cost Concerns May Delay Madison Central Library Project. (1/25/2010)
New Madison Central Library Wins Council Approval. (11/11/2009)
Capital Times Endorses New Madison Central Library. (11/10/2009)
Madison Council Begins Review of Mayor's Budget on Tuesday. (11/6/2009)
More Questions About Madison Central Library Project. (11/1/2009)
New Madison Public Library's First Change Order: Rooftop Garden. (10/28/2009)
Call for Referendum on New Madison Central Library Not Attracting Support. (10/21/2009)
Madison Board of Estimates Rejects Library Referendum. (10/13/2009)
Some Madison City Council Members Want Referendum on New Central Library. (10/9/2009)
Wisconsin State Journal Editorial on New Madison Central Library. (9/13/2009)
New Madison Central Library: Let the Positioning Begin. (9/1/2009)
New Madison Central Library on Mayor Dave's Front Burner. (8/30/2009)
New Madison Central Library: Build or Renovate? (7/7/2009)
Motley Brown Not Reason Enough. (6/11/2009)
Fiore Plan Receives Unanimous Support. (6/5/2009)
Fiore Plan Gets Nod from Committee. (5/15/2009)
Public Forum Focuses on Central Library Options. (4/24/2009)
Developer Sweetens the Deal. (4/21/2009)
Visualizing a Remodeled Madison Central Library. (4/4/2009)
Renovation Plan Put on Table for Madison Central Library. (3/26/2009)
Residents Critique Proposals to Rebuild Downtown Library. (1/9/2009)
Competing Developers Defend Their Central Library Plans. (1/8/2009)
Comparison of Downtown Madison Library Proposals. (12/17/2008)
Two Proposals for New Madison Central Library. (12/3/2008)
Best Headline of the Week. (9/6/2008)

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