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Demand for student apartments waning in Madison

From Les Orosz's point of view, you'd be crazy to break ground on another student apartment project in Madison right now. "Quite frankly, the Hub is adding 1,000 bedrooms downtown," says Orosz, a developer who built one of Madison's first high-end student apartment buildings, the Embassy, at 505 University Ave. "It would be pretty reckless right now for someone else to build another 12-story student tower." >More
 What happened to Brad Clark's job?

Brad Clark did not want to quit his job as head of the City Channel, where he'd worked for some 25 years and helped the station win dozens of awards. "The circumstances were so bizarre," Clark says. "After 24 or 25 years of managing the place, seemingly to everybody's satisfaction, I feel like the rug was pulled out from under me." >More
 Can Madison be a hotspot for bike tourism with Bikabout?

Megan Ramey loves to travel, but she prefers to explore on bicycle rather than with a big, clunky, gas-guzzling car. So whenever she takes trips, she researches a city's bicycle options, trails and bike-friendly businesses. >More
 Lisa Subeck's win means female domination of Madison's seats in the Assembly

Lisa Subeck said her grassroots campaign and experience helped her win the race. "People do want a fighter," she said at her victory party at Schwoegler's bowling alley. >More
 Edgewater Hotel races to finish for official September opening

Since construction began on the Edgewater Hotel in the fall of 2012, its owners have projected an opening date of August 2014. But anyone who has seen the hotel would likely be skeptical that goal will be realized. Insulation on sections of upper floors remain exposed, as workers have yet to cover them with brick. >More
 Reimagining the Madison Municipal Building

Although the Municipal Building remains gorgeous to look at from the outside, the inside has been carved up and covered over. Its heating and air-conditioning systems are in terrible shape, and it's widely considered an unpleasant workspace. >More
 The high cost of Judge Doyle Square

Madison Common Council members say the city simply can't afford what developer Bob Dunn wants it to pay for the controversial $174 million Judge Doyle Square project. Dunn is seeking $75.5 million from the city, including $47.2 million in tax incremental financing and $28.3 million to pay for building a new parking garage and a bike center. >More
 Developer Bob Dunn seeks $44.6 million in city aid to build Judge Doyle Square hotel

Developer Bob Dunn wants the city to pony up $44.6 million in order to build a $111 million, 318-room hotel behind the Madison Municipal Building as part of the Judge Doyle Square project. Dunn is asking for almost three times more tax incremental financing for the hotel as he did for the controversial Edgewater Hotel redevelopment, which cost almost as much. >More
 Dane County Board could weigh in on Judge Doyle Square

In February, the Madison school board sent a letter to the city, asking it to close the tax incremental finance district that the city intends to use to pay for the Judge Doyle Square project. Soon the Dane County Board of Supervisors -- with the encouragement of CA$H -- will consider a similar measure. >More
 City fees could deter backyard apartment units in Madison

When Madison officially legalized the construction of "accessory dwelling units" -- backyard cottages often called "mother-in-law apartments" -- Pamela Porter and Mare Chapman rolled up their sleeves and began designing one for their Marquette home. The couple thought that Porter's mother could live there and that, when they got older, they might move into it and rent out their main house. >More
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