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Monroe Street building plan falls short of Landmarks Commission approval

Despite optimism from developers, the Madison Landmarks Commission determined Monday night that the second proposal of "The Glen," a new mixed-use building adjacent to the Arbor House, will require further revisions.

“The Glen,” located at 3414 Monroe St., would include both commercial space and 19 residential units with an underground parking structure, according to C?S4 architect Paul Cuta.

The project has expanded in size by more than 30 percent since the first model, John Imes, owner of the Arbor House, said.

Other members of the commission expressed concerns for an even larger building in contrast to the first proposal.

“The proposed development is so large that it adversely affects [the landmark site],” Landmarks Commission member Erica Fox Gehrig said.

Landmarks Commission member Stuart Levitan, who was in favor of the second proposal, referenced the Landmarks Commission’s previous decision to approve the construction of the Vantage Point apartments next to the historical Fire Station No. 4 on West Dayton Street as an example of a project similar to the Monroe Street proposal being approved.

However, other commission members believed the two situations were too different to compare.

“There are still some outstanding concerns,” Ald. Marsha Rummel, District 6, said. “I’m still struggling with this version.”

In contrast, Levitan stressed the visual improvements of the structure from one proposal to the second.

“There is no doubt in my mind, the second plan is a better solution,” Levitan said.

Despite Levitan’s position, the proposal still did not pass through the Commission. It will have to be revised again by developers.

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