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Local business owners propose boutique hotel on King Street

Local business owners propose boutique hotel on King Street

Local business owners have proposed a boutique hotel featuring restaurants and a music venue to be built on King Street, according to a release.

The owners of Merchant, Madison?s and the Majestic have teamed up to propose the King Hotel to the city. The hotel will bring together art, fine food and drink, entertainment, retail and hospitality, officials said.

The proposed seven-floor hotel would be built at 118 King Street on the corner of King and Webster streets, according to the release. The location is currently a parking lot.

The privately-funded hotel would have 33 rooms and employ at least 50 people, according to the proposal.

The state-of-the-art Flatiron building, which was designed by OPN Architects of Madison, will feature six venues, including a hotel, a restaurant, a hidden bar, a barber shop and a lower-level event space, officials said. The rooftop will also feature an indoor, outdoor cafe with a four-season retractable roof.

Mayor wants to move forward on Judge Doyle Square Project

Mayor wants to move forward on Judge Doyle Square Project

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin wants a green light on the public potion of the Judge Doyle Square Project so it can move forward while the private development is hashed out.

City officials wanted to have a comprehensive agreement, including a new hotel, finalized this month, but that timeline included more than $40 million in TIF money.

The public portion includes a renovation of the municipal building and the Government East Parking Ramp.

?You don?t nail it the way you want it the first time around, but when you make a decision that?s good for 40, 60, 100 years, taking some extra time to get it right is well worth it,? Soglin said.

The mayor wants flexibility to do the public work first and save space for the private development later, which he hopes will be a hotel serving Monona Terrace.

City to hold State Street, Library Mall preconstruction meeting

City to hold State Street, Library Mall preconstruction meeting

Residents and students are invited to a preconstruction meeting about the reconstruction of the 700 and 800 blocks of State Street and Library Mall May 19, according to a release.

The reconstruction will create a public space at the intersection of State Street and East Campus Mall, officials said.

The meeting will start at 10 a.m. with a short presentation of the final design and planned construction staging, according to the release. Construction is anticipated to last through the summer and into the fall.

State Street and Library mall will stay open to pedestrian traffic through the project, officials said. Access to buildings will be maintained, but short-term closures are possible to complete utility construction and paving.

Staff from city of Madison engineering, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the design team and the project?s contractor will be available after the presentation to answer questions, according to the release.

Group wants to petition against Judge Doyle Square development

Group wants to petition against Judge Doyle Square development

A group is making a new push to stop the development of Judge Doyle Square.

Citizens Against Subsidized Hotels said it wants to start a petition to keep the city of Madison from subsidizing the development.

Members said they want the city to start putting issues like this up for a vote if Madison gives loans for more than $10 million or land giveaways.

The said it is risky, unfair and wasteful spending.

"It's unfair for many reasons, one is that we already have plenty of hotels in town that are operating in town with subsidy and then their city is subsidizing a competitor against them," Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said. "I think there's a real key issue here underlying what they are saying. And it's really an insult to the people of the city with their long legacy of participation and activism. It's an insult to the common council, which is so hard."

Scammers steal name of area business to scam student renters

For many years rental properties have remained one of the few industries to rarely be targeted for scams. Madison Police Department officials say that has now changed.

They say someone has been targeting college students renting properties in Madison. It involves someone putting letters under the doors of rental properties informing the tenant of a new online rent system.

To encourage the tenant to sign up for the new program the letter offers a $215 credit off of the next month's rent. The letter asks the tenant to email them their name, date of birth and Social Security number. They also ask the tenant to include a credit card number, and the card's security code and expiration date.

Common council stops Mansion Hill redevelopment

Common council stops Mansion Hill redevelopment

The Madison Common Council upheld a ruling by the City Landmarks Commission early Wednesday morning to halt a redevelopment project in the Mansion Hill Historic District.

Steve Brown Apartments wants to knock down the 10-story Highlander building and other structures to make room for three five-story buildings in the 100 block of Gilman Street.

The landmarks commission said it was out of scale and the council upheld their ruling after debating until 2 a.m. Wednesday morning during the Tuesday-night meeting.

A statement from Steve Brown CEO Margaret Watson said the company is saddened by the council's decision.

"Ultimately we believe that the city will discover that if it is serious about preserving its historic spaces, it will modernize the ordinances," Watson said. "We are concerned about the need to keep the district healthy and intent to examine these issues in depth."