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The City of Madison's process to build a housing development includes a somewhat lengthy process. The official application phase would take around a month with no delays in its approval; however, it is common for a city commission or committee to provide recommendations for the development team to implement before its final approval.

Steering Committees are groups formed by the neighborhood association in jurisdiction of the development proposal which are open to the public. We advertise joining a Steering Committee during the official neighborhood meeting facilitated by City Staff to introduce the development proposal to the public, but they typically introduce the project to us in their pre-application phase which we detail to our public email listserv. The purpose of these Steering Committees is to gather public input to submit to the appropriate city commission and other decision makers involved. Prior reports are available further below. 

CANA's Involvement 

Click on the pictures below to go to the corresponding Steering Committee Report! For ongoing projects (those in teal), a report will not be available, but a link for the city page on the project will be embedded for up-to-date updates.

For general information about downtown Madison development projects, please check out this tracker from Downtown Madison Inc.

Page last updated: 11/2023

529 University Ave

Steering Committee Process: 9/2023 - Ongoing 

The development team at Iconica is proposing a new student housing development at 529 University Ave. where Vintage Spirits & Grill is located. A picture of the proposed development is below. They presented at UDC on July 12:

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Johnson & Bassett Project

437-445 West Johnson Street, 430-440 West Dayton Street, and 215-221 North Bassett Street

Steering Committee Process: 5/2023 -6/2023 

Approved for Construction

Multiple Reports were submitted for this proposal, so links will be below (click the photo for the legistar with all the public comments):


5/8/23 Request for Deferment from Plan Commission:

5/30/23 Letter to UDC:

6/12/23 Letter to Plan Commission:

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668 State Street Project

668 State Street

Steering Committee Process: 9/2022 

Approved for Construction

The property owner, 668 State LLC, is seeking approvals to construct a four-story addition atop the existing two-story commercial building at 668 State Street. The proposed addition will contain 24 student-oriented apartments on floors 3-6 with floors 5 and 6 set back approximately 30' from the front façade. The existing commercial space on the two lower floors and in a finished basement will largely remain.

668 State project side views

800 Regent Street 

802-826 Regent & Park Street

Steering Committee Process: 2/2022 - 8/2022

Approved for Construction

800 Regent Street Project View from Southwest

The Verve

504-524 W Johnson Street, 308-312 Bassett Street, & 505-527 Conklin Place

Steering Committee Process: 10/2021 - 1/2022 

Approved for Construction

The Verve, view from Johnson Street

Hub II

126 Langdon Street

Steering Committee Process: 12/2020 - 3/2021

Not approved for construction

Hub II Former Proposal

304-318 N. Broom Street, 407 & 431 W. Gorham Street & 408-430 W. Johnson Street

Steering Committee Process: 9/2023 - 11/2023

 The proposed project is a student-focused apartment building with 437 units ranging from studios to five-bedroom units, totaling 1,650 beds. The proposed building would be 14 stories on W. Gorham Street and W. Johnson Street and eight stories on N. Broom Street, with commercial uses along W. Gorham Street, and lobby/amenity space along N. Broom Street and W. Johnson Street. The proposal would include affordable student housing with tentatively 10% of the beds being offered at a 40% discount, per the recently adopted downtown affordable housing ordinance.

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415 N. Lake Street

Steering Committee Process: 8/2022 - 11/2022


The City of Madison is proposing to redevelop the State Street Campus Parking Garage at 415 North Lake Street. The existing parking garage along North Lake Street will be demolished and replaced while the garage section to the east of Hawthorne Court will remain to be used as an entrance to the intercity bus terminal planned at ground level. Some mixed-use space is planned for the first floor. Atop the six above-ground stories of the City's parking garage, Mortenson proposes nine floors of student apartments, including levels of rent affordability for some number of apartments. A below-grade level will provide about 95 parking spaces for the apartments. 

State Street Campus Garage

120-128 Orchard Street & 1313-1314 Randall Street

Steering Committee Process: 8/2022/ - 10/2022

Approved for Construction

The redevelopment of 120-128 Orchard St and 1313-1314 Randall Ct. includes the removal of 5 existing buildings, and the construction of a proposed 8-story apartment building with 52 units and underground parking.

Orchard Street Project


700-740 Regent Street

Steering Committee Process: 1/2022 - 3/2022 

Approved for Construction

700-740 Regent Street Project Views

Oliv Madison

State & Gorham Street

Steering Committee Process: 6/2021 - 10/2021

Approved for Construction

Oliv Madison

Alchemy Apartments

619-621 N Lake Street

Steering Committee Process: 10/2020 -11/2020

Approved for Construction

Alchemy Apartments
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