Potential office building could add to East Washington Avenue development

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- As the East Washington corridor in downtown Madison continues to grow, a plan for the 900 block of the street could see the creation of an 11 story office building.

The office building would be located at 929 East Washington and would be the next phase of development to the 900 block of East Washington, most of which is being developed by Curt Brink and Jim and Marlene Korb. The developers have built a hotel at 901 East Washington.

At the City of Madison Plan Commission meeting Monday night, a decision on the office building was referred to a future meeting, while the commission allowed the hotel to open with 75 parking stalls.

The plans for the office building describe the structure as an 11 story tall podium shape with a glass facade. The plan also calls for a 693 stall parking facility for the office building.

According to the agenda for the Plan Commission meeting, the project also requires the consideration of demolition permits for buildings at 945 East Washington and 924 East Main Street as part of the development plan.

Jack Kear, chair of the development committee for the Marquette Neighborhood Association, said that from public meetings discussing the development, most neighbors seem to be on board.

"We understand it to be something that's going to provide an important job base to the district," Kear said. "There are some concerns with it such as parking and traffic flow, but in general I see it and recognize it as a really powerful addition to making the neighborhood a positive place to be."

Kear said the concern regarding parking would be that construction would cause a loss of street parking in the area, which is across from Breese Stevens Field.