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“Madison did not have a need for a 2,500-capacity seated venue. the Overture and Orpheum more than adequately service the market for that, but it doesn’t have the 2,500-capacity GA (general admission) music hall,” said Leslie, the former co-owner of Majestic Live which in 2017 joined with Frank Productions to form FPC Live.
The $15 million Sylvee has 158 fixed seats on its second level. There’s also a third level with six private suites, similar to what’s available at the Kohl Center.
More than five years after a group of local entrepreneurs hatched the idea, a hub for startups in the heart of Downtown Madison hosted an invite-only “soft opening” Tuesday night and has already rented out a good chunk of its 50,000-plus square feet of space.
StartingBlock occupies three stories of the eight-story office building dubbed “Spark,” now undergoing final construction in the 800 block of East Washington Avenue. American Family Insurance will be the building’s other tenant.
They include ArchVirtual, a virtual reality services company currently in Oregon, Wisconsin; ImageMoverMD, with technology that provides a secure way to transmit medical images electronically; and bluDiagnostics, with a saliva test to measure a woman's fertility.
Other startups that have signed contracts so far are: Bump Studios, a video game developer; LineLeap, a way to bypass long ticket lines: Markable, a fashion product app; Rebate Bus, which simplifies energy utility rebates; Wolf Flow, desktop workflow management software; hankr, with high-quality restaurant food photos; Flourish, for improving employee engagement; and Kilter, offering employee wellness programs.
The 2,500-person capacity venue is a part of the 800 Block Project, which consists of two buildings and a 600-stall parking structure at East Main and South Livingston streets. The theater will be located in the $12 million, eight-story Cosmos building along with retail and office space.