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Developer proposes Hub II apartments on Langdon Street

Developer Core Spaces proposed Hub II student apartments, a seven-story, 124-unit tower with a rooftop swimming pool built on Langdon Street.

The apartment building would be located at 126 Langdon Street — where The Langdon Apartments stood vacant for the past decade until being torn down this summer.

Core Spaces is responsible for recent upscale student housing in Madison including the 313-unit Hub Madison and 366-unit The James. Hub II would be a continuation of Core Spaces’ contribution to upscale student housing in the city.

The apartments would house up to 300 beds in the 124 units, with the fifth floor including a swimming pool and other amenities. Hub II would also offer 20 underground parking spaces.

The modern design of the proposed apartments has raised a concern among city officials that the building will stand out amid the classic style of Greek Life and other housing on historic Langdon Street.  

“The amount of metal panel siding as proposed seems foreign to this block of Langdon,” Glen Goodhart, chair of Madison’s Urban Design Commission, said in an email to the Wisconsin State Journal. “Also, with regard to the three-part design of the street elevation, only the eastern third seems in keeping with the character of that part of the street.” 

Ald. Patrick Heck, District 2, shared his neighbors’ concerns with the Wisconsin State Journal about the proposed apartments: worries about the shortage of street parking and the reputation of Core Spaces’ other housing projects regarding police calls and security. 

Heck told the Wisconsin State Journal that Core Spaces would need to develop security and safety plans for the building and its outdoor spaces for a neighborhood steering committee to negotiate.

No timeline has been put in place as of yet for the proposed construction, however Core Spaces is further along in their planning than two prior failed proposals for the site. 

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