Big Student Housing Project Moves Forward But Faces High Hurdle At City Council

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The first project to test the city’s new Downtown Plan took a step towards approval Monday night.

In a 5-3 vote, the Madison Plan Commission recommended a scaled back proposal to replace three aging apartment buildings with a large student housing project in the Langdon Street area near UW-Madison.

The proposal from Palisade Property will face a high hurdle Tuesday when it gets to the City Council. A certified petition against the proposal means it will need a 15-vote majority from council members. Council President Pro Tem Chris Schmidt said at least one council member would be absent Tuesday, meaning the developers will need to find support from a pool of only 19.

Most of the resistance surrounds the demolition of three buildings to make room for the redevelopment that opponents feel misses the Downtown Plan’s intent for the district. The existing structures at 619 and 625 N. Henry St. and 145 Iota Court are considered “contributing buildings” in the Langdon Street National Register Historic District.

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