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Council rejects Johnson Street plan

A proposal from developer Chris Houden for a mixed-use development in the 700 block of East Johnson Street failed after a City Council vote to rezone the block fell short. The Council needed 11 votes in favor of the zoning change but only received 10 with four members absent, according to a Capital Times story

In what has become a contentious project due to the character of the east side neighborhood, Houden’s proposal includes renovating five older homes, relocating two, and demolishing two more in a bid to bring 54 apartments and ground-floor retail to the heavily traveled and historic thoroughfare.

In May, the Madison Plan Commission recommended the proposal without much support from either the Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood Association or the Landmarks Commission. This could be a brief setback, however, as the Council will likely reconsider the project when it reconvenes on July 10.

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