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Landmark Commission discusses Edgewater plan

UPDATE: The tax incremental financing (TIF) agreement and other approvals for the Edgewater project will be up for a final vote at next Tuesday's council meeting.

MADISON (WKOW) -- The city's landmark commission held a public hearing on Monday night to discuss proposals to renovate the historic Edgewater Hotel downtown.

85 people registered in favor of the renovation; 24 people registered against it.

The commission could make a decision on Monday night.

The developer outlined new plans, including allowing the city to control public spaces, moving the parking garage across the street, adding about 100 new parking spaces, and re-designing building heights to allow greater visibility of the lake.

"Every time I walked past the once great Edgewater, I say to myself, wouldn't it be nice if somebody would redevelop that dump?" asked one Monona resident who attended Monday's meeting.

"The new hotel would be the very thing the historic district was formed to prevent," said another resident.  "Furthermore, it would signal to other developers that our historic districts are now up for grabs."

WKOW will continue to coverage this developing story and post updates about the commission's decision as it becomes available.

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