Sunday, January 26, 2020

Navitus Health Solutions building project UPDATE: June site visit from across Gammon Road

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Looking nothing like what was originally proposed for this site

6/28/2019 update starts here

From the James Madison Memroial High School parking lot (see also /8/2018)

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5/10/2019 update starts here.

4/15/2019 update starts here.

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3/4/2019 update starts here.

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11/17/2018 update starts here.

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9/24/2018 update starts here.

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9/7/2018 update starts here.

View from in front of UW Health West Towne Climinc
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View from the east edge of the Noodles and Company parking lot

View of the building set back from Mineral Point Road

8/8/2018 update, "August progress report', starts here.

View from Noodles and Company parking lot on Mineral Point Road

View from James Madison Memorial High School across Gammon Road

View from across right field corner of James Madison Memorial High School baseball field

7/13/2018 update, "Midsummer progress report", starts here.

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Navitus builds new headquarters, keeps distance from big drug benefit managers.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 7/6/2018)

6/13/2018 update, "Another building takes shape on Navitus campus" starts here.

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4/30/2018 update, "5 floors of a steel skeleton", starts here.

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 Remains of the razed building

4/19/2018 update, "A close up and a distant view", starts here.

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4/12/2018 update, "New headquarters skeleton and a big pile of rubble", starts here.

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4/4/2018 update, "The going-up new and the coming-down old", starts here.

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3/29/2018 update, "Steel beams start to give shape to construction", starts here.

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3/26/2018 update, "Demolition continues, tower doubles in height", starts here.

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3/21/2018 update, "Demolition of award-winning 1970 building", starts here.

3/12/2018 update, "The latest developments in construction and excavation", starts here.

Coming soon to this tower's location:  a 5-story, 80,000-square-foot building to be occupied by Lumicera, Navitus' specialty pharmacy division.

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Not sure what purpose the earthen ramp serves.

Still not sure.

Wasn't that fun?

2/22/2018 update, "Excavation work underway, but no demolition yet", starts here.

Subdivision application

Maps and Plans

Snow melt creates a pond not included in the plans.

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2/6/2018 update, "Snow or no snow, let the demolition begin!", starts here.

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1/13/2018 update, "Property is fenced but demolition has yet to start", starts here.

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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.

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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.

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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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