Developer’s plan will trump potential landmark designation for Madison building

A potential landmark designation for the Filene House near Tenney Park won’t affect a proposed development on the site from Chicago-based Vermilion Development thanks to some timely paperwork filing, according to a report from the Wisconsin State Journal.

That’s because Vermillion submitted its plans to tear down the historic two-story building and replace it with a scaled-back housing project featuring 331 housing units before an upcoming City Council decision on whether the Filene House should be a city landmark. As a result, Vermilion’s project will be considered under the regulations in effect now, and a future landmark designation on the Filene House would have no effect on the city’s land use review.

Vermilion’s plans call for a five-building project with structures ranging from one to five stories that would provide 331 housing units and parking on an 8.2-acre site at 1601 and 1617 W. Sherman Ave. Vermillion had earlier proposed a $90 million, six-story project with 445 units and parking.

The City Council is scheduled to consider the landmarks designation on Feb. 7.