Neighbors on Madison?s east side will soon have a new place to shop and eventually play.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday for the Galaxie and Festival Foods building in the 800 block of East Washington Avenue.
When the work is done, Madison?s first Festival Foods grocery store will open, and eventually the Galaxie building will be home to restaurants and rental units. There is also a planned renovation of Breese Stevens Field.
?The building is sandwiched between two great lakes. It is walking distance to both lakes. You?re in walking distance to the Capitol Square, farmers market and to great restaurants and entertainment features,? said Otto Gebhardt, with Gebhardt Development. ?The thing that is great about this neighborhood, it?s a live-work neighborhood. Cars are almost optional.?
The developers said there are other projects planned for the same area, and they credit Madison?s vibrant economy for the success of the development.