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Old June 17th, 2019, 09:20 PM   #3841
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This is great news for Exact Sciences. And very exciting to hear their direction to add Liver and Pancreatic cancer tests in the near future. I also appreciate their commitment to WI. There's still a lot of room at the Research Park, but at this rate...it's filling up quickly. It's awesome that Madison has birthed a couple of healthcare unicorns, and that the start up scene is getting a boost with the AmFam Spark opening too.

I'm as big a Milwaukee booster as there is, but I'd love to see Madison's VC dollars and market share expand even more. Given the highly educated workforce, I can foresee more companies like Google opening up regional officers in Madison, as the E Wash Corridor gets even more dense. That whole stretch still has a lot of room to fill in, and I have to imagine that the Power Station is being debated...but barring a major recession, it could fill in just 10-15 years (if not sooner). The 900 E Plans looks particularly awesome, and I'm excited to come back with my wife this fall for game.

Has there been any movement to expand the airport? Or are Chicago / Milwaukee too close to merit more flights? Personally, the more companies like Exact Sciences take off, the more imperative it is to have a commensurate airport.
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Old June 17th, 2019, 09:21 PM   #3842
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Is there anyway for someone to list out the current UC, and the current approved with floor counts?
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Old June 18th, 2019, 10:49 AM   #3843
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Madison Development News

I also miss the construction picture updates.!
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Old June 21st, 2019, 04:40 PM   #3844
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Has there been any movement to expand the airport? Or are Chicago / Milwaukee too close to merit more flights? Personally, the more companies like Exact Sciences take off, the more imperative it is to have a commensurate airport.
MSN has added direct flights to SFO, LAX, and PHX recently. From my understanding, they are only focusing on locations that would help the startup community in attracting VC.
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Old July 11th, 2019, 10:09 PM   #3845
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Oakwood Village is embarking on a large campus redevelopment. See details here

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The project will be divided into two phases.

Phase 1 will consist of the construction of a new independent living apartment building and a ground floor common space with a connector to the existing Covenant Oaks assisted living building. This Phase of the project is being submitted as a Specific Implementation Plan (SIP). Phase 1 details are as follow:
There will be a 14 floors of residential apartment units above, with a total of approximately 140 units. Combined with approximately 5 residential units on the ground floor, there will be a total of approximately 145 residential units. There will be a mix of one and two-bedroom units.
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Phase 2 of the project includes the demolition of Tabor Oaks, Tower, Gallery and Tabor Oaks. New construction will consist of a second
independent living apartment building, connecting resident amenity levels, a Health & Wellness Center and a connection to the existing Oaks building. This phase of the project is being submitted as a General Development Plan (GDP). Phase 2 details are as follow:
-There will be a 16 floors of residential apartment units above, with a total of approximately 160 units. There will be a mix of one and two-bedroom units. See attached drawings for unit mix and sizes
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Old July 12th, 2019, 05:55 AM   #3846
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MSN has added direct flights to SFO, LAX, and PHX recently. From my understanding, they are only focusing on locations that would help the startup community in attracting VC.
Chicago to MSN is delayed so often anyways so it's probably not great to add another delay machine.
Literally just had to connect to and from ORD via MSN on my trip to europe and BOTH times we ended up waiting to takeoff for at least an extra hour.
And surely it doesn't help that ORD is reworking like half of their runways and taxiways right now so it's a nightmare.
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Old July 19th, 2019, 05:39 PM   #3847
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Solid footage of downtown from the Forward Madison FC game.

https://www.reddit.com/r/madisonwi/c...ward_madisons/
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Old July 19th, 2019, 06:58 PM   #3848
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Meanwhile Madison turned into the apocalypse this morning with two large electrical substation fires in downtown leaving the entire isthmus without power
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Old July 22nd, 2019, 05:51 PM   #3849
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Short term solution I guess???
https://madison.com/wsj/traffic/dot-...me-top-story-1
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Old July 29th, 2019, 06:41 PM   #3850
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kind of interesting.

There are many other infrastructure projects i'd like to see, but this could certainly help alleviate rush hour concerns.
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Old August 2nd, 2019, 11:00 PM   #3851
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Rush hour traffic concerns

I wonder how much of rush hour Beltline traffic could be alleviated with a set route from Epic to Capital Square twice per hour 6-10 and 4-7. The current buses are absolutely packed and many, many more people want to ride than currently do. Traffic during the huge User Group Meeting, when half of employees take buses of some sort, is the lightest of the year. The cost would be minimal - using existing bus stops, park and rides, getting a few used buses specifically for the route, and hiring several drivers would increase quality of life for folks who work in the southwest Madison/Fitchburg/Verona corridor and would greatly alleviate traffic concerns. Plus, it would be a drop in the bucket for Epic and other employers to share costs for it, perhaps presented as an employee perk.
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Old August 12th, 2019, 06:27 PM   #3852
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In seeing pictures of the Flamingos games, it is kind of cool seeing the towers/rowhomes etc off to the sides.

Is anything planned for (or under) construction on the large lot directly across E. Washington from Breese Stevens? I haven't been to Madison in 10 years so I've had trouble finding out just by looking around.
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Old August 13th, 2019, 04:30 PM   #3853
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In seeing pictures of the Flamingos games, it is kind of cool seeing the towers/rowhomes etc off to the sides.

Is anything planned for (or under) construction on the large lot directly across E. Washington from Breese Stevens? I haven't been to Madison in 10 years so I've had trouble finding out just by looking around.
Well there are two going up in the area.

Heres is across the street.

https://madison.com/ct/news/local/ne...cdab6c2dd.html


And here is on the same side of the street.

https://madison.com/wsj/news/local/g...57fb33f18.html
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Old October 1st, 2019, 05:43 PM   #3854
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What IS the logical reason to keep the height restriction enabled by the capitol? The one about the airport I understand, but if the restriction on the isthmus was lifted for areas not affected by the airport zone, perhaps WEST downtown could rise a bit... wishful thinking. Optimistic me would say Wisconsin is overdue for a boom, but we aren't, because there's no catalyst for one. 2/3 of the state has fallen to the wayside.
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Old October 5th, 2019, 04:36 AM   #3855
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What IS the logical reason to keep the height restriction enabled by the capitol? The one about the airport I understand, but if the restriction on the isthmus was lifted for areas not affected by the airport zone, perhaps WEST downtown could rise a bit... wishful thinking. Optimistic me would say Wisconsin is overdue for a boom, but we aren't, because there's no catalyst for one. 2/3 of the state has fallen to the wayside.

I don't know if there is a logical reason. I think it's just an antiquated code that the NIMBYS in Madison are too afraid to change. Granted, the Capitol building is stunning, but the city is only shooting themselves in the foot keeping the restriction in place. Madison, at the very least, should have the skyline of Rochester, MN or Des Moines, IA. Conversely, Madison is a cooler city than both of these place, both in terms of density and attractions.
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I don't know if there is a logical reason. I think it's just an antiquated code that the NIMBYS in Madison are too afraid to change. Granted, the Capitol building is stunning, but the city is only shooting themselves in the foot keeping the restriction in place. Madison, at the very least, should have the skyline of Rochester, MN or Des Moines, IA. Conversely, Madison is a cooler city than both of these place, both in terms of density and attractions.


I actually think part of the reason for this is the max height. If there was no max there would be a couple really tall buildings and a lot more empty lots. The height limit makes every piece of ground valuable.
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Old October 6th, 2019, 01:52 AM   #3857
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I agree, the fact that there is a height restriction is the very reason the city feels more urban and "cooler". Skylines are nothing more than a pissing contest if you ask me. I enjoy a skyscraper as much as the next guy but if that mean you have to sacrifice street activation and deal with open surface lots, then it's not really adding much to the city other than a lofty view for those who can afford to lease the space inside.
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Old October 10th, 2019, 03:59 AM   #3858
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I can foresee more companies like Google opening up regional officers in Madison, as the E Wash Corridor gets even more dense.
Madison already has a Google Regional office. Its at 10 N Livingston in the Constellation building along E Wash. They were over off Willy St before that, so we've had a Google office for quite a while now...
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Old October 21st, 2019, 10:26 PM   #3859
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What IS the logical reason to keep the height restriction enabled by the capitol? The one about the airport I understand, but if the restriction on the isthmus was lifted for areas not affected by the airport zone, perhaps WEST downtown could rise a bit... wishful thinking. Optimistic me would say Wisconsin is overdue for a boom, but we aren't, because there's no catalyst for one. 2/3 of the state has fallen to the wayside.
Somethings don't make sense, and this is one of them. There is no logical reason for the restriction. Downtown is not on any flight path. The reason for the restriction, as antiquated as it sounds, is merely to keep the Capitol views unrestricted. A developer could build towers and still give the Capitol its (due) respect. Of course, I think if the right developer came along with enough incentives, the city would be fools not to abide, zoning be damned. But while cities like Rochester, MN and Des Moines have built higher than Madison, they don't have the street life of Madison. I think what some Madisonians are searching for is a balance of tall buildings and density; it has the former now, but seems to lack any true credibility because there's no 500 footers in town. If it were up to me, I would build up every tower along the John Nolen approach without blocking out the Capitol and keep the rest of the square at its current height.

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Somethings don't make sense, and this is one of them. There is no logical reason for the restriction. Downtown is not on any flight path. The reason for the restriction, as antiquated as it sounds, is merely to keep the Capitol views unrestricted. A developer could build towers and still give the Capitol its (due) respect. Of course, I think if the right developer came along with enough incentives, the city would be fools not to abide, zoning be damned. But while cities like Rochester, MN and Des Moines have built higher than Madison, they don't have the street life of Madison. I think what some Madisonians are searching for is a balance of tall buildings and density; it has the former now, but seems to lack any true credibility because there's no 500 footers in town. If it were up to me, I would build up every tower along the John Nolen approach without blocking out the Capitol and keep the rest of the square at its current height.
Does anyone who actually lives in Madison care about the height thing? I just don't see a concerted effort from anyone in the community to build a 500' tower. Not develpers, community members or politicians. Washington D.C does not have a 500' building. It seems to be doing okay.
I think it is part of our identity and unique skyline.
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