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Thursday, September 28, 2023
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Developers presented new plans for Judge Doyle Square, which could include restaurants, retail and a bike center.

Developers present plans for Judge Doyle Square

Developers held a public meeting Tuesday on the opportunities a new open space will present for Judge Doyle Square once the current parking garage on Pinckney Street is bulldozed.

Various development firms, including Kimley-Horn and Associates, Potter Lawson and Urban Assets came together to present their ideas for the two blocks between Wilson and Doty Streets near the Capitol.

"There needs to be something really exciting here, something different to really put this block on the map," Founder of Urban Assets and Director of Public Involvement on the project Melissa Huggins said.

Developers presented the idea for an all-purpose building with space for retail, restaurants and the possibility of a bicycle center on the ground floor with two nine-story towers for office and residential space.

The bicycle center, one of the most unique assets of the building, would act as a community space for cyclists in Madison.

"This space would include 24/7 indoor bicycle parking, lockers, repair areas, bike wash stations and space for bike retail shops," Program Consultant of Mobis Transportation Alternatives Andrew Wright said.

Developers said they hope to replace the current Pinckney Street parking garage with a five-story underground parking structure beneath the lot of the current garage and partly under the adjacent Madison Municipal building.

They also emphasized that these were preliminary ideas and stressed the need for public reaction and input on all aspects of the initial building plans.

After the meeting, members of the development firms stood at interactive stations in the lobby and were available for questions and discussions with Madison residents.

The results of public reaction and input, as well as the location for the next public meeting on Dec. 14, can be found on the City of Madison website under Judge Doyle Square.

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