Expensive hole in the ground.
What's going on with the Judge Doyle Square project in downtown Madison?http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/g ... 3BEF2C94B1
"Downtown Madison's Judge Doyle Square redevelopment project is in a tight spot.
Construction on a new municipal garage is underway (note the huge hole in the ground behind the Madison Municipal Building between Doty and East Wilson streets). However, the developer said it is too expensive to construct a building on top of the underground ramp and is asking the city to fund a structural component of the project.
Project manager George Austin said that structural slab, or “podium,” is integral to keeping the public parking garage open during future construction. While a city staff team has developed options, the recommended plan is to build the $11 million podium, which would give the city control over additional parking and preserve the site for future revenue sources....
Judge Doyle Square, the two-block area in downtown Madison, encompasses the Madison Municipal Building on Block 88 and the Government East parking garage on Block 105. Judge Doyle Square is named after Judge James Doyle, the late federal judge and father of former Gov. Jim Doyle.
The 520-space parking garage was built in 1958, is reaching the end of its useful life and needs to be replaced. Government East is open for downtown parkers throughout the construction project. The area is bounded by Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard on the west, Doty Street on the north, East Wilson Street on the south and a group of buildings on the east that mainly face King Street. Blocks 88 and 105 are split by South Pinckney Street."