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Edgewater heading back to Landmarks Commission

By Paul Snyder

Hammes Co. will take its plans for the estimated $93 million renovation of the Edgewater Hotel back to Madison’s Landmarks Commission.

Amy Supple, development director for the Brookfield-based company, said she will meet with city staff Thursday to set a commission meeting date.

“It makes sense to go back,” she said. “We made a lot of changes that address the mass of the building and the site, and we want to reengage the commission.”

The Landmarks Commission in November denied a certificate of appropriateness for the project, based on its size in relation to surrounding buildings.

The changed designs now add a 355-space underground parking ramp and move a proposed new tower 15 feet east, which could bring the project’s footprint close enough to the National Guardian Life Insurance Group office building to be considered visually compatible.

“We have not yet received the application to go back to the Landmarks Commission, so we have not done the analysis yet,” said Brad Murphy, Madison’s planning division director. “But I would assume the visually related area could now include the National Guardian Life building.”

The Landmarks Commission’s next scheduled meeting is Monday, April 12, but commission member Stuart Levitan said a special meeting could be held Wednesday or Thursday, April 7 or 8.

The Common Council is expected on Tuesday, April 20, to take its vote on the project.

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