Development News for the Weeks of 12/12/20 - 12/18/20


Developers are proposing to raze seven buildings near Monona Terrace for a 10-story housing project with a parking garage. But like many projects Downtown, the concept is also raising concerns about the impact on historic preservation, housing affordability and traffic.
-Wisconsin State Journal


The Dane County Board on Thursday delayed a vote on a proposal that would have asked the sheriff to cut 50 jail beds in several years, once a seven-story tower is completed as part of a $148 jail construction project. On a 28-9 vote, the board sent the resolution to be workshopped in two county committees because some supervisors wanted the measure to have more power, but it was unclear how much that would cost and whether it would further delay the jail consolidation project.
-Wisconsin State Journal


Often at odds over regulation, Wisconsin’s dairy industry and environmental groups have agreed to work together on policies to protect drinking water and support farmers.
-Wisconsin State Journal


Decades before the construction of Wisconsin’s first coal-fired generator, an engineer named Magnus Swenson and his partners harnessed the power of the Wisconsin River behind a wall of concrete. More than a century later, the Kilbourn dam is still churning out electricity, enough to power nearly 5,000 Wisconsin homes last year, one of more than 140 hydroelectric dams that generated more than 4% of Wisconsin’s electricity supply last year — and nearly half of all renewable energy.
-Wisconsin State Journal


Finally, some good news for the battered retail sector. Work designed to make way for a high-end department store at West Towne Mall is scheduled to resume before the first of the year.
-Wisconsin State Journal