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Madison Mayor calls for Edgewater appeal

Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz on Tuesday called for Brookfield-based Hammes Co. to appeal the Landmarks Commission’s rejection of the Edgewater Hotel development.

The commission on Monday voted against granting the project a certificate of appropriateness and a variance for construction on the grounds that the size of the project did not fit in with its surrounding historic district.

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Cieslewicz called that decision entirely subjective, and although he said he did not blame the commission for sticking to “hazy prescriptions” of the city’s landmarks ordinance, he said a handful of unelected people on one city committee should not have the power to stop the project.

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