UW-Madison officials have requested permission from the city of Madison to demolish two university-owned buildings on West Johnson Street to expand a parking lot on Clymer Place.
University officials want to demolish 925 and 931 W. Johnson St. in order to add 20 parking spots to an existing lot with 12 spaces, according to Ald. Scott Resnick, District 8.
While the city has not officially heard the university’s proposal, Resnick said the city will most likely oppose demolition because of an existing precedent that the city does not demolish buildings for open spaces like parking lots.
Resnick is in support of demolition and said the buildings, built in 1909, are in very poor condition and have “basically served their purposes.”
The university plans to install lighting, shrubbery and methods to control storm water run-off, which will improve the area’s appearance, according to Resnick.