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Madison commission grants Edgewater initial approval

By Paul Snyder

Madison’s Urban Design Commission Thursday morning, on a 5-4 vote, granted initial approval to the estimated $93 million redevelopment of the Edgewater Hotel.

“This was probably the first positive for (developer Hammes Co.),” said Bruce Woods, commission chairman. “But it wasn’t a resounding positive.”

Woods had the tie-breaking vote, and said he cast it because he was “comfortable enough” with the designs Brookfield-based Hammes submitted and wanted other city commissions to review the project.

The Madison Plan Commission is expected to review the project Monday. A Common Council vote on the project is tentatively scheduled for April 20.

However, even if the project gets approval from all other city committees, Hammes will have to return to the Urban Design Commission for final approval before beginning construction.

“There are lots of details they still have to bring forward,” Woods said. “All the drawings we’ve seen are from a perspective of someone standing far away and looking at the building. We still don’t know what the front doors will look like, or what the Brigadoon Room will look like. We want to see that.”

2 comments

  1. “We still don’t know what the front doors will look like, or what the Brigadoon Room will look like. We want to see that.”

    What, does the Urban Design Commission want to pick the color of the drapes in the Brigadoon Room now? Sadly, I mean this comment in jest, but they probably do.

  2. Dave – you are exactly right! I think these people take their “power” a bit too seriously and it goes straight to their heads. They need to let the developer give the building it’s character – it’s not for the UDC to decide. Or every building will look like the other. Who says their taste or opinions are better than the professionals – architects, builders and designers that have created this project. Maybe if some of these commission members were actually employed they’d know what’s going on in the industry right now. You just need to look at some of the other great buildings Hammes has built to see that they do great work.

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