In the latest turn of a winding saga, the developer chosen to do the massive $175 million Judge Doyle Square project Downtown is now seeking to step aside from another major piece of the redevelopment — the centerpiece hotel to serve Monona Terrace.
The long-deferred dream of passenger rail service through Madison — most recently derailed a decade ago — could become more feasible with a proposed Amtrak funding model that would see the federal government take on more upfront operating costs for new passenger rail routes.
With prospects high for bringing passenger trains to Madison, the city is restarting efforts to locate a station that would provide access to pedestrians, bikes, buses and vehicles and be a catalyst for economic development.
With a possible $40 million redevelopment stalled, a group of citizens has submitted an application to make the historic Wonder Bar steakhouse with its deep ties to Chicago mobsters a city landmark, which would give the structure far more protection.
Residents who are opposed to a proposed redevelopment of the building have voiced concerns about losing such a historic building as well as raised questions about the city’s commitment to a transparent development process.