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Madison offers small TIF grants for renovating downtown homes

Kaba Bah has done a lot of work on his new duplex on North Hancock Street, just a few blocks from Capitol Square. The UW-Madison researcher has replaced the house's roof, windows, siding and doors. He's also put in a new bathtub and granite kitchen in the upstairs unit. >More
 Arbor House wants more space from Monroe Street project

Another development project on Monroe Street is ruffling feathers, this one a 16-unit apartment building called The Glen, near the historic Arbor House, which was built before the Civil War. Complicating matters, city officials have been presented with conflicting versions of what this proposed apartment building might look like if built. >More
 MGE opposes Madison's effort to grow solar energy

In a July 11 letter to the U.S. Department of Energy, Mayor Paul Soglin conceded an unfortunate reality: "Today in Wisconsin the responsibility for promoting clean energy has become the domain of cities." The city is asking the DOE for a $600,000 grant to help increase solar generation here 30-fold by 2025. >More
 Paul Ryan, hometown boy

Jackie Wood has known Paul Ryan since the 1980s, when he was a student at Craig High School, one of Janesville's two public high schools. At the time, Wood was president of the school's parent-teacher organization, and she was immediately impressed by Ryan's intelligence and confidence. >More
 Jenifer Street Market eyes move to East Washington Avenue

Against all marketing odds, a residential corner a couple of blocks off Atwood Avenue has proved to be the perfect spot to grow a thriving grocery store called Jenifer Street Market. The store recently celebrated its 35th anniversary, despite not being on a major street and being a little hard to find. >More
 Stephin Merritt is a singer, a songwriter and a Scrabble nut

Stephin Merritt might be a master of song and verse, but the rules governing the word games Scrabble and Words with Friends bewilder him. Especially the 101 two-letter words officially recognized by Scrabble. >More
 Madison officials urge developers to 'up their game' after hotel project stalls at Pahl Tire site

Although a second developer has been unable to satisfy city officials with plans for a downtown hotel at the old Pahl Tire site, Madison officials insist the city is not hostile to development. >More
 Should Olbrich Botanical Gardens charge out-of-towners admission?

As Madison officials struggle to draft another tight budget, they're faced with a familiar quandary: not enough money to do everything they want. "Everybody wants more money and there ain't no money," explains Ald. David Ahrens. >More
 Soglin defends Madison's debt strategy in 2015 capital budget

When Paul Soglin ran for mayor in 2011, he harshly criticized the amount of debt the city was incurring under his opponent, two-term incumbent Dave Cieslewicz. It was a major theme of the campaign. Soglin called Cieslewicz's budgeting practices unsound, with a ratio of debt service to general fund expenditures creeping toward 13%. >More
 Madison Common Council quietly keeps Judge Doyle Square hotel alive

The Madison Common Council quietly kept negotiations alive on the controversial Monona Terrace hotel project Tuesday night, leading a prominent critic to accuse his council colleagues of circumventing the public process. >More
 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
 Judge Doyle Square moves forward without hotel

Plans for a new hotel for Monona Terrace seemed to suffer a major setback this week, when Mayor Paul Soglin -- who has long championed the idea -- announced that he would seek to move forward on other elements of the Judge Doyle Square project next year. >More
 Yahara House members fight to keep Madison Metro bus stop

The members of Yahara House, a clubhouse that helps adults cope with mental illness, have a saying: "Nothing about us, without us." So when they learned this week that the bus stop in front of their clubhouse, located at 802 E. Gorham St., is going to be removed Sunday, Aug. 24, many of them were upset. >More
 Urban Land Interests expected to relocate Civil War-era Lannon-Hill house, which faces demolition

Urban Land Interests hopes to move and renovate the historic Lannon-Hill house and store, one of Madison's few remaining Civil War-era buildings, which had been in danger of being razed. The building is currently located at 502 W. Main St. in the Bassett neighborhood. >More
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