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“There was an effort on both sides to get to yes and to build this project," Project Manager George Austin said.
The city had asked the developer to consider scattering low-cost apartment units among the market-rate units planned for the building in Downtown Madison
The city Finance Committee went into closed session Monday to discuss strategies to achieve low-cost apartments in Gebhardt Development's proposed piece of Judge Doyle Square, as well as modifications to the base of the structure to accommodate construction above it.
OUR VIEW: Madison should maximize lower-cost apartments without demanding luxury views
Distributing the originally proposed 78 low-cost units throughout the building could cost the city up to $2.4 million more than planned.
The council chose Gebhardt in large part because it had the largest number of affordable housing units planned for the tower.
Members voted unanimously to allow conditional use permits for the construction of the $12 million building, known as the Cosmos, that will bring 100,000 square feet of office space and a 2,500-person capacity music venue to the avenue.
On Wednesday, the Madison Urban Design Commission discussed several aspects of Gebhardt developments on the 800 block of East Washington. The Spark, the Cosmos and Starliner Condominiums and Lofts were all granted various levels of approval with conditions.
Resnick announced his decision not to seek the post Tuesday morning and Schmidt was unanimously reelected president Tuesday evening.
Gebhardt Development request includes $1.4 million option to create farm on grocery store rooftop, biodigester.
The proposal includes a 50,000-square-foot grocery and bistro with a rooftop garden and a mix of rental, owner-occupied and live/work housing units.