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City leaders approve permit for new Target store in Madison

MADISON (WKOW) -- New Target store in Madison cleared its biggest hurdle.

The Madison Common Council approved a zoning permit for developers to build the store on University Avenue and Segoe Road.

"It means they can build it the way they want to build it on that site," said area Alder Chris Schmidt.

Right now the project calls for a 155,000 sq. foot store in the giant empty lot at the Hilldale Mall.

It would be one floor with parking underground.

Residents that live near Hilldale have mixed feelings.

"Any Target people can walk or take a bus to is great but traffic is going to be a real problem for the rest of us," said Craig Wienhold.

Madison Alder Chris Schmidt said developers have been working with the city on concerns that include storm water run off, parking and traffic.

He says they propose three entrances, including one on University Avenue, to keep traffic back up on main streets.

City leaders say there were very few opponents to the plan that gives the west side and all of Madison an economic boost.

"It means construction jobs, which we need badly and it means long term jobs later on," said Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz.

"It brings more people to the mall. People who would go to Fitchburg or the west side to shop a Target, they might take their trip to the grocery store out there. Instead they'll take it to Hilldale," Schmidt said.

the Hilldale Target needs to get final approval from Madison's Urban Design Committee regarding design requirements.

A vote is expected Wednesday night.

Developers plan to break ground this Spring and open the Target in the Summer of 2011.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The future of a new Target store in Madison is in the hands of city leaders tonight.

An approval from the Madison Common Council would give developers a zoning permit to build a Target on University and Segoe.

"It means they can build it the way they want to build it on that site," said area Alder Chris Schmidt.

Right now the project calls for a 155,000 square foot store in the empty lot at the Hilldale Mall.

It would be one floor with parking underground.

Schmidt said developers have been working with the city on concerns that include storm water run off, parking and traffic.

He says they propose three entrances to the store to keep traffic back up on main streets like University Ave.

Schmidt said they also added more stop signs at Frey Street and Segoe.

For more details, tune into 27 news at 5, 6 and for the final vote at 10.

Online reporting by Brian Rodriguez

brodriguez@wkowtv.com

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