Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Archipelago Village UPDATE: September construction site visit, Madison WI

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8/3/2021 update starts here

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Capital Times, 8/1/2021
Matt Brink, 39, is well-known in Madison's development field. His family, led by his father Curt Brink, has helped revitalize the downtown area with projects like Hotel Indigo, The Brink Lounge, and the under-construction Archipelago Village. 
Brink also runs a consulting firm, Matt Brink Consulting, that helps developers navigate the landscape of development projects around Dane County.\ 
He spoke with the Cap Times about being a second-generation developer, gentrification, and the changes in the Capitol East Corridor along East Washington Avenue.

6/21/2021 update starts here

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5/11/2021 update starts here

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3/15/2021 update starts here

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1/21/2021 update starts here

5-story office tower takes shape at South Paterson and East Main.  (OK, the elevator towers.)

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Last month, the city approved Brink’s proposed five-story, 92,000-square-foot office building to house the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority at 902-908 E. Main St., and a 680-space parking garage in the middle of the block to serve various elements of the overall development. That project is slated to begin in the fall, he said.

The transformation of the 900 block of East Wash and East Main

7/30/2020 update starts here

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3/9/2020 update starts here

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1/9/2020 update starts here. "Demolition completed for office tower on East Washington corridor in Madison WI", starts here.

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11/27/2019 update, "Demolition underway for office tower on East Washington corridor in Madison WI", starts here.

On East Wash, with Hotel Indigo at right

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Looking toward East Main Street from Each Wash

 Looking east on East Wash

East Main construction site entrance

8/22/2019 update starts here

13-story office tower proposed for 900 block of East Washington Avenue.  (Capital Times, 2/9/2018)
Brink said a tower has been his plan “basically since we bought the property 16 years ago,” but he had to wait for zoning to line up with his vision. The permitted heights for Urban Design District #8, which includes the project site, are 12 stories, with a possibility of three “bonus” stories, and the Capitol Gateway Corridor Plan calls for employment on the 900 block. Who speaks for the birds? 
Looks like Brink lost the bonus round.  (See below.)

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East side neighbors to discuss 'Archipelago Village' at Tuesday meeting.  (Capital Times, 12/11/2018)
In 2002, Curt Brink, along with investors Jim and Marlene Korb, bought a 4.3 acre site at 901 E. Washington Ave., the former home of the Mautz Paint factory. Last year, Brink received approval to turn the historic Kleuter building on the property into a 144-room hotel and restaurant known as Hotel Indigo.

Perspective looking toward Capitol Square.

Madisonians join movement to prevent bird collisions with buildings.  (Capital Times, 2/21/2019)
When you look at a tall, glass-fronted building, what do you see?” the Madison Audubon Society website reads. “If you put on a ‘bird-lens’, you would quite likely see more open sky to fly through, more habitat to tuck into, or more moonlight to guide you on your journey. The result is thousands of birds crashing into windows.”

Some demolition is underway.

11-story East Washington office tower up for major approvals Monday.  (Capital Times, 3/25/2019)
City staff has recommended approval of the project, as it creates long-recommended, high-density office space on the south side of East Washington Avenue. A letter from the Marquette Neighborhood Association “recognizes the value of this project” while also asking for “additional attention” to some areas of the project, like traffic, parking and stormwater management.

High-rise glass office tower approved for Madison's Near East Side.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 5/7/2019)
With plans to complete the project by late November or early December of 2020, the building will have office space, a green roof with trees and grass, a parking structure and commercial space on the first floor. Developer Curt Brink said the commercial space could become a restaurant or bank.

This building on East Main Street looks like a candidate for removal.

On the other hand, the Madison Credit Union, at the southwest corner of East Washington and South Brearly, does not.

Other East Washington corridor posts:
East Capital parking garage UPDATE. Late November construction progress report. (11/28/2018)
Proposed hotel put on hold. (2/12/2018)
StartingBlock construction as we approach the end of January. (1/30/2018)
UPDATE. The Lyric Apartments are ready for occupancy.  (8/30/2017)
This stretch of East Washington Avenue in Madison, Wisconsin, has undergone a major transformation during the past 5 years.  (5/13/2017)
Madison East Washington Festival Foods is open for business.  (4/13/2016)
The balconies of the Constellation.  (4/19/2015)
The Constellation rises above the treetops.  (9/7/2014)

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