From the creation of a high-density, walkable district to adding family-supporting jobs and boosting the tax base, Madison officials are looking to guide development in a stretch of the city surrounding the former Oscar Mayer headquarters.
Final recommendations for the Alliant Energy Center envision a destination campus on Madison's south side that will meet the needs of those using facilities on the 164-acre campus, draw in Dane County residents all year and, ultimately, serve as a gateway to the city.
A major overhaul of the Alliant Energy Center that would upgrade current facilities and introduce new, private development has moved another step forward with the approval of a master plan by the center's oversight committee.
Ald. Matt Phair knows that most neighbors of a proposed west Madison affordable housing development don't like the project. He estimated that about 80 percent of attendees at a September neighborhood meeting were against it. So it's a "little bit of tough thing" to voice his support, he said.
A plan to provide
$40 million in city financing to help Komatsu Mining Corp. develop a new corporate campus in Milwaukee's Harbor District won Common Council approval Tuesday - but not without some criticism.
Marquette University earlier this year discreetly explored the idea of developing its own basketball arena - a potential $120 million investment for downtown Milwaukee - before deciding against pursuing the project.