Madison is asking developers for proposals to rehabilitate the landmark Garver Feed Mill building near Olbrich Gardens on the East Side.
The City Council on Tuesday approved a request for a “visionary proposal” that captures the community’s imagination for rehabilitation and reuse of the 60,000-square-foot structure at 109 S. Fair Oaks Ave.
The request for proposals makes available $1.82 million in city funds for a project, which is supposed to be sensitive to the neighborhood, environmentally friendly and encourage alternate forms of transportation. It also aims to have a use that complements Olbrich and asks for 14,000 square feet of storage to be used by Olbrich.
The two-story, Industrial Romanesque structure built in 1905 was declared surplus property by the Park Commission in 2005 and is deteriorating and presents safety hazards.
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In the spring of 2011, Common Wealth Development dropped a $16 million redevelopment plan for an arts incubator on the site due to fundraising challenges in the bad economy.
A city report that fall offered a range of options including a $1.1 million demolition, saving parts of the building with costs ranging from $2.4 million to $4.2 million, a basic rehabilitation costing $9 million, and a complete rehab with a $14.1 million price tag.
Mayor Paul Soglin’s proposed capital budget for 2015 includes $1.82 million for construction drawings and specifications for improvements to the structure.