Judge Doyle Square squabbles continue

A report in The Capital Times quotes Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway saying she’s “eternally optimistic” but has “very little confidence” that the Judge Doyle Square project can move forward under Beitler Real Estate Services. “I hope that I am proved wrong,” the mayor states.

Her comments come after the city received two letters of default on May 3 from the Chicago developer’s attorney arguing that the city failed to prioritize in a zoning approval letter which of 77 conditions Beitler must complete before it can obtain a building permit for the hotel. The city responded twice in May, and explained that Beitler already has the appropriate zoning.

Beitler is building an Embassy Suites hotel, apartments, and commercial space on the site of the Government East parking ramp. The city is moving ahead on the Madison Municipal Building block across the street, with a $50 million underground parking garage nearly completed. Later this month, the City Council will decide on the developer for housing above the new garage. Of three plans submitted, city staff is recommending a $40 million proposal from Stone House Development.

The original $186 million development agreement was signed in 2016 by former Madison Mayor Paul Soglin and has been contentious ever since.