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Core Campus on Monday won approval to build a 12-story housing project at 510 University Ave., on property now used partly for parking. The project, to be known as Hub II, would be across the street from the developer's 12-story Hub Madison project, background center, under construction now and set to open in August. 

Preservation of a historic former auto dealership won't be an obstacle for a developer pitching yet another large Downtown apartment complex. 

The Landmarks Commission approved an advisory resolution Monday that said the commission regrets the loss of the 1929 Art Deco-style building at 435 W. Gilman St., but welcomes preservation of its facade as outlined in revised plans the developer submitted last month.

The plot is included Core Campus's plans for Hub Madison 2, a 12-story mixed-use building at 510 University Ave. and 435 W. Gilman St. Plans call for 8,750 square feet of commercial space, 3,000 square feet of flex space, 348 apartments and three levels of parking on the one-acre site.

Monday's Landmarks decision is a reversal from the commission's February advisory, which opposed demolition of the Gilman Street building altogether. The resolution is not binding but is weighed when the Plan Commission considers the project.

The roughly 16,000-square foot building is not a landmark, but is historically significant because it once housed a Smart Motors showroom. The dealership was the first to serve the Mansion Hill district, said Landmarks chairman Stuart Levitan.

The preserved facade would be more historically accurate than what exists there today, Levitan said.

Core Campus is nearing completion of its original 12-story Hub Madison at the corner of North Frances and State streets.

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