Judge Doyle Square project to be rebid

The Madison City Council has approved a substitute motion for a new request for proposal for the Judge Doyle Square project in downtown Madison after scaled-down plans were considered either too costly or not enough to meet Monona Terrace’s needs. The motion replaces an earlier decision by the Board of Estimates to extend negotiations through May 1.

When first presented by JDS Development Group, which consists of Hammes Co. of Madison and Majestic Realty of Los Angeles, the project was projected to cost $174.2 million ($47 million in TIF), which included a 311-room, full-service hotel. It was then scaled back to a 200- to 250-room limited service hotel costing about $147 million (about $20 million in TIF), but officials expressed uncertainty as to whether the smaller hotel would adequately serve the larger conventions that Monona Terrace is trying to attract.

Now other developers will be able to jump into the fray. The city expects a new request for proposals to be introduced at the Jan. 6 council meeting.