Alder appeals Willy Street building approval

Ald. Marsha Rummel has called into question the Madison Plan Commission’s approval of a six-story building at 702-706 Williamson St., claiming it does not comply with adopted land-use plans.

The building, proposed by the Rifkin Group and opposed by the Marquette Neighborhood Association, is one story taller than what was recommended in a land-use plan for the neighborhood. Rummel argues that the Plan Commission approved the building without requiring key details, such as renderings showing exterior entrances. She is critical of the plan in part because nearly half of the 54 apartment units would not have outside-facing windows and only 42 parking spaces would be included, with none available for ground-floor commercial businesses.

The City Council has the final say, but it would need a two-thirds majority to override the Plan Commission’s recommendation.