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Hammes Co. postpones Edgewater review

By Paul Snyder

Madison Alderman Mark Clear says the chances for an April 20 Common Council vote on the proposed Edgewater redevelopment are “slim to none.”

Clear said he was informed Thursday in an e-mail from Madison Planning Division Director Brad Murphy to all council members that the city made two changes to its continuing review of the estimated $93 million project.

First, the revised project’s review by the Landmarks Commission, scheduled to take place next Wednesday, was cancelled at the request of Hammes Co., the Brookfield-based developer proposing the project. No new date was provided, but the e-mail said a new review could happen “as early as April 26.”

Hammes representatives were unavailable for comment.

Also, the city attorney’s office deemed invalid an appeal by Edgewater neighbors of the Plan Commission’s decision to grant the Edgewater a conditional-use permit.

Assistant City Attorney Katherine Noonan said two of the six signatures on the appeal were disqualified because their properties were not within the city’s notification area.

With only four valid signatures from 31 property owners, Noonan said the tally falls below the 20 percent threshold needed to file the appeal.

According to Murphy’s e-mail, the Common Council will not consider the neighbors’ appeal.

Beyond the yet-to-be-rescheduled Landmarks Commission review, Clear said the city’s Board of Estimates still needs to meet and discuss a tax incremental financing package the city could provide Hammes for the project. The city last year authorized up to $16 million in TIF money, but Clear said the board is still waiting on a proposal from Hammes.

The board’s next scheduled meeting also takes place April 26.

“It’s pretty much Hammes driving the schedule right now,” he said.

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