The Madison Common Council has approved a recommendation to start negotiating with a developer to bring a major employer back to the city’s downtown.
On a 16-2 vote, the Madison Common Council approved a recommendation by the Judge Doyle Square negotiation committee to begin exclusive negotiations with JDS Development and Exact Sciences.
This now allows the committee to exclusively try and strike a deal on the JDS Development/Exact Sciences joint proposal to be a cornerstone of the long anticipated facelift for the part of downtown next the City-County Building.
Alder David Ahrens was the most vocal opponent, trying unsuccessfully to get council approval try and let the other three companies, who'd submitted proposals, to compete and sway Exact Sciences to sign onto their project.
The goal is to now fast track a deal with the committee. If terms can be reached, Exact Sciences can break ground this summer and be in operation downtown by July of 2017.