Yet another twist in Judge Doyle Square development saga

When members of the Madison Finance Committee met Monday to consider the next step for the Judge Doyle Square development, most thought the discussion would center on the configuration of affordable housing units. But other changes to the development plan are apparently needed, as Gebhardt Development told the committee that the base of the structure cannot support the nine-store building envisioned for the site.

According to an article in the Wisconsin State Journal, the original Gebhardt plan design included an engineered wood frame, a relatively new construction method that isn’t yet recognized by the state building code. Meanwhile, a more expensive concrete frame would be too heavy for the base, which includes a five-level underground parking garage and first-floor commercial space, and so the city has asked Gebhardt to consider steel framing for its part of the project.

The city also has to determine whether the project’s affordable-housing units would be more affordably segregated on separate floors or mixed in with market-rate units, according to a report in The Capital Times. Gebhardt has offered three alternatives that would either mean fewer of the low-cost units or higher cost to taxpayers.