Saturday, January 13, 2018

West Place UPDATE: Property is fenced but demolition has yet to start

Photos by Retiring Guy
Though not completely, at least during a visit last month.

It's an award-winning building that is meeting the wrecking ball.

Source:  Madison Public Library pamphlet files

11/5/2017 update, "First round of construction approved by Madison Plan Commission", starts here.

Renderings:  City of Madison (street identification added above)

Madison committee approves development for Navitus Health Solutions headquarters.  (, 10/3/2017)
Project to be finished in March 2019.  The Madison Plan Commission on Monday signed off on several components of the Livesey Co.’s “West Place” project at the corner of South Gammon and Mineral Point roads. A five-story, 80,000-square-foot office building intended for the pharmacy benefits management company, a two-story, 30,000-square-foot specialty pharmacy building and two retail buildings are proposed as the first round of construction.

3/27/217 update, " It's a gray day for developer of far west-side Madison project", starts here.

Developer puts big project near West Towne Mall on hold.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 3/21/2017)
As configured, the finances of the project simply do not add up, said Melissa Huggins, a principal at Urban Assets of Madison who is a consultant for Livesey on the redevelopment. 
Livesey, which owns the property, now will take months to “retool” the project and determine what makes economic sense, Huggins said. “ 
It’s a blow,” she said. “There’s been a lot of thought and a lot of investment. It’s disappointing, that’s for sure.”  

3/7/2017 update, Sign of a major change at Gammom and Mineral Point roads, starts here.

Not a done deal yet.

Photos by Retiring Guy

Mixed-use project at Mineral Point and Gammon referred to allay neighborhood concerns.  (Capital Times, 1/26/2017)
The project would be built in five phases over the next five to 15 years, potentially adding up to 17 buildings. The application states that future uses could include a grocery store, senior housing and a hotel. Plans include a new private road, Monona Drive, that winds through the center of the development, which the application refers to as “the spine that ties the project together.”

Original 10/23/2016 post, "Makeover at Gammon and Mineral Point roads", starts here.

Constructed in the early 1970s, the building originally served as the headquarters of Famous Footwear.  Most recently, it was occupied by Madison Area Technical College.

Photo by Retiring Guy

Project aims to remake large, open property at Gammon, Mineral Point roads.  (, 10/22/2016)
The estimated $50 million first phase of the development called West Place would involve construction of five buildings clustered on the corner of Gammon and Mineral Point roads. They would total 106 apartments, nearly 50,500 square feet of retail space and about 23,000 square feet for office space.

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