Urban Design Commission grants approvals to 12-story apartment complex near Kohl Center, Salvation Army campus redevelopment

A rendering shows a proposed 12-story apartment complex at 740 Regent Street behind the Kohl Center. Courtesy of Trinitas Development/BKV Group/The Alexander Company via the City of Madison.

MADISON, Wis. — Madison’s Urban Design Commission on Wednesday gave approval to a number of redevelopment proposals in the city, including a 12-story apartment building behind the Kohl Center and a redevelopment of the Salvation Army site on East Washington Ave.

The apartment proposal, which has an address at 740 Regent Street and would be located directly behind the Kohl Center along the Southwest Commuter Path, would replace an existing surface parking lot. In addition to approximately 340 apartments, the project also includes approximately the same number of parking spaces and a rooftop swimming pool.

A number of changes have been made since a previous presentation to the commission, which the developers say will improve safety and activate the ground floor, including adding space for the operation of food trucks.

The commissioners gave the project unanimous initial approval; it should be submitted to the Planning Commission on March 21 and to the full Municipal Council on March 29.

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The commission also voted unanimously to grant final approval to a proposed redevelopment of the Salvation Army campus in the 600 block of East Washington Avenue. The project includes a five-storey building to house the group’s main services and a separate 40-unit building facing East Mifflin Street.

The project had been proposed before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, but Mark Ott of JLA Architects, who is working with the Salvation Army on the redevelopment, said fundraising efforts have taken precedence over the support for people during the pandemic. Construction of the apartments is expected to begin this summer, he said.

In addition, the commissioners gave unanimous initial approval to a plan that would redevelop three buildings, including the home of Rubin’s Furniture in the 300 block of East Wilson Street, into a 45-room extended-stay hotel.

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