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Edgewater Expansion, Needed or Not?

August 12, 2009
Proposed Redevelopment

Proposed Redevelopment

Over the past few months there’s been a lot of press regarding the Hammes Company’s proposal to renovate and expand the venerable Edgewater Hotel located on the southern shore of Lake Mendota where Wisconsin Avenue ends. 

The debate has been interesting as I believe most folks believe a renovation of this landmark is in order.  What seems controversial is the proposal by the developer to expand the hotel and add an additional tower of rooms to the property.   Overall cost for the renovation/addition is estimated to be in excess of $107 million. 

Much is being talked about as this would be a huge economic boost to the downtown and city of Madison economy especially in our current economic challenges. 

There is a group opposed to what’s being proposed as concerns are there for maintaining the overall continuity of the neighborhood the Edgewater is located within of Mansion Hill district. 

What are your thoughts? 

Here are some posts on the plan:

A $107M Grand Expansion

Various Posts from Outside/In

Reader’s Views from WI State Journal

Former Mayor Paul Soglin’s Thoughts

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