Four proposals submitted for Judge Doyle Square project

The city’s Judge Doyle Square project in downtown Madison has attracted proposals from four developers for what could be the most expensive mixed-use undertaking in city history.

The proposals are for the two city blocks that currently house the landmark Madison Municipal Building and the Government East parking garage.

The Hammes Co./Majestic Realty’s proposal was the only one that incorporated the Madison Municipal Building. The $210 million to $250 million plan would include the Municipal Building as part of a 250-room hotel with a grand lobby, restaurant, rooftop terrace, and up to 20,000-sq.-ft. of flexible space. Residential units would also be included. The adjacent Government East site would include a second hotel with 150 to 200 rooms, retail, housing, and as much as 60,000 sq. ft. of office space.

A proposal from Journeyman/Gialamas/Marcus/LZ Ventures envisions a $188 million project that keeps the Municipal Building intact but adds two hotels with a total of 352 hotel rooms, a restaurant and bar, 20,500 sq. ft. of ballroom and meeting space, and parking. The Government East site would add 81,000 sq. ft. of office space, first-floor retail, housing, and above- and below-ground parking.

Mortenson of Minneapolis proposed a $113.7 million, 300-room hotel with parking, but other details are still to be determined. Its proposal also incorporates office space, housing, and community spaces.

North Central Group of Madison proposed a $75 million to $80 million project for the Government East block only. The plan would add two hotels with a total of 325 rooms, up to 30,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, first-floor retail, and parking. Its one-block approach would allow the city to fast-track a hotel and also seek separate proposals for the Municipal Building block.

All proposals will now be reviewed and evaluated.