Developers are looking to expand a State Street building to six floors, adding residential units on top of the structure’s current retail use.
Scott Faust and Harold Langhammer plan to add four stories to the existing 668 State St. building that houses a UW Credit Union branch on the first floor and the Browzer Bookshop on the second level. The proposal was brought to Madison’s Urban Design Commission for an informational presentation Wednesday.
Randy Bruce, managing member of Knothe Bruce Architects, said the existing structure was remodeled in 2005 with the intent of eventually building up.
“It was always anticipated to be six stories,” he said. “Now is the time to start looking at that vertical expansion.”
The four additional floors would provide 26 apartment units to the last block of State Street where the pedestrian mall abuts the UW-Madison campus.
During the 2005 remodel, the building’s brick facade was preserved, but architectural support was added to accommodate an expansion, Bruce said.
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Commission members were wary about how the brick facade could best transition into metal paneling planned for the additional floors.
“If this really is going to go that vertical, the (existing) storefront should really be integrated into the total composition,” said member Dawn O’Kroley.
The third and fourth floors would be set back five feet from the building’s existing facade, while the fifth and sixth floors would be set back 30 feet.
Bruce said the expanded height would be slightly taller than a five-story building that houses Walgreens at the corner of North Lake Street and State Street. Paul’s Book Store, a one-story building, is between Walgreens and the 668 State St. property.
The current retail tenants would remain in the building during construction, Bruce said.