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Plan Commission OKs Hill Farms plan

When all is said and done, the massive Hill Farms development on Madison’s west side will be its own neighborhood divided by four new roads and offering 500,000 square feet of office space, 250,000 square feet of retail, 600 residential units (150 for seniors), a 400-room hotel, and restaurants, according to a Wisconsin State Journal story.

In the center of the five-block project, a green space named Madison Yards at Hill Farms and a parking garage will replace the current Hill Farms State Office building, which is set to come down this summer. Madison’s Plan Commission approved the concept for the 13.9-acre development at the intersection of University Avenue and Segoe Road. The City Council will vote May 1. Construction could begin late in 2018 or early 2019. Smith Gilbane is the developer.

Meanwhile, the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) will move to the fourth and fifth floors of the new Hill Farms State Office Building on Friday, May 4. DFI’s new address will be 4822 Madison Yards Way, North Tower, Madison, 53705. The department will cease operations downtown at 201 W. Washington Ave. a day earlier.

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