A developer details plans for a new development on the 400 block of State Street that would demolish three buildings for a five-story modernist structure with a two-story restaurant, living quarters above and a rooftop terrace.
JD McCormick Properties is looking to raze three two-story buildings at 428-430, 432-436 and 440-444 State St. — two built in the late 1800s — for the new building, which would have a restaurant on the first floor with second-floor seating overlooking State Street, basement and first-floor commercial space, and a 23 to 26 housing unit.
The exterior, a mix of modern and classic themes, will be mostly masonry and glass with large amounts of glass facing State Street and the adjacent Lisa Link Peace Park on the first floor, according to plans submitted to the city.
“This project has been a hope and a dream for years,” said Colin Smith, McCormick’s business development manager. “We decided to initiate the formal process because State Street has seen an increase in vacant commercial space and a decrease in foot traffic. Our landlord has lived in Madison his entire life and wants to be part of State Street’s revitalization. “
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The project would relocate several small businesses, retailers to two storefronts of the city’s pop-up store program and rental apartments on the second floor of existing structures. McCormick has been in contact with each of the commercial tenants and is working to find new locations for them, Smith said.
The proposal calls for 3,205 square feet of commercial basement space, 3,173 square feet of commercial/restaurant space on the first floor, more restaurant space and a terrace plus five apartments on the second floor, more housing on the above and a roof on the fifth floor platform. The composition of the commercial space could change. Most apartments would be studios.
Garage doors/windows that would open commercial space to State Street and the park, and McCormick is proposing a residential entrance to the building from the park, which will increase traffic and activity, Smith said, adding that the project will have lighting and cameras. to improve security.
The project work includes:
- 428-430 State St., a two-story building built in 1893 in the Romanesque Revival style and renovated in 2009. It now houses the Sencha Tea Bar.
- 432-436 State St., a two-story building built in 1899 in the Mediterranean Revival style, remodeled in 1927 and remodeled in 1996. Now home to B-Side Records and Freedom Skateboard Shop.
- 440-444 State St., a two-story building built in 1962. It is now home to Culture Collectives, a group of small, diverse retailers under the city’s Pop Up Shop program, each renting a section of the either store front in McCormick for a nominal fee. .
A commercial tenant is looking for a bigger space and McCormick has a lease coming up at the perfect time to move them into a larger unit that will allow them to expand, Smith said. Another has found a new location and McCormick is working with the latest to find a new home, he said.
Smith said he was personally involved in the creation of the Pop Up Shop program and has been in touch with city staff to discuss a future store location to ensure the program continues. A new mural on the side of 444 State St. overlooking the park was done as part of the city’s Blink program will be preserved, he said.
The Landmarks Commission reviewed the proposed demolitions on Monday and recommended to the Plan Commission that the buildings at 428-430 State St. and 432-436 State St. have historic value due to their status as contributing structures in an eventual National Register Historic District, and that the building at 440-444 State St. has historic value related to the vernacular context of Madison’s built environment and its intact condition.
In the current design, there are no plans to retain any part of the building’s facades, Smith said. “Our hope is that the redevelopment of these properties on the 400 block will not take away the history and charm of State Street, but will open a new chapter of growth and design,” he said.
Aldus. Patrick Heck, 2nd District, who has represented the site since the city’s redistricting Jan. 1, held a neighborhood meeting on Monday.
“The proposed redevelopment was relatively well received at the neighborhood meeting, although turnout was very low,” Heck said. “While there’s a lot to love about the downtown housing addition, the loss of natural affordable apartments, the future of local businesses being displaced, and the potential loss of historic structures along State Street are raising concerns. concerns.
“I hope the Mansion Hill District (Capitol Neighborhoods, Inc.) will form a steering committee and get more people to evaluate the proposal,” he said.
McCormick will make a briefing presentation to the Urban Design Commission at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
If approvals are secured, McCormick hopes to begin demolition in September and the first residents will move in August 2023.
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