Commission approves State Street hotel

The Madison Plan Commission has voted to approve the demolition of four vacant commercial buildings and construction of a $43 million boutique hotel on the 100 block of State Street, according to a story in the Wisconsin State Journal. The move comes despite a negative recommendation from the city Planning Division, which was thought to have put the proposal in limbo.

The commission approved the hotel, proposed by Ascendant Holdings, after hearing support from the broader community for revitalization along that section of State Street. The vacant buildings are located from 118 to 126 State Street, and a nine-story, 133-room hotel with a first-floor restaurant and a rooftop lounge would replace them.

Earlier, city staff acknowledged the hotel design had architectural merit but recommended the city reject the project because its proposed scale and mass were not aligned with the existing character of the block.