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City Commission delays decision on East Side redevelopment

The Madison Plan Commission voted on Monday night to refer a proposal to redevelop the 800 block of East Washington Avenue to its next meeting.

A tent city constructed by Occupy Madison protesters is currently on the location on the city's near East Side, but is expected to be removed in a week. However, city officials said that they still don't know who will rebuild the land that is in the shadow of the state Capitol.

The commission examined two proposals during its Monday meeting regarding the site's future. The first favors a developer who will phase in building offices, apartment units and a parking lot on the block.

Some city officials support a plan that involves immediate action to make sure taxpayers are getting their money's worth.

"Really for the best interest of the taxpayers and especially for the best interest of my neighborhood with land use decisions, I believe that a development that is shovel-ready for the block is in the best interest of the city," said Bridget Maniaci, the District 2 alder.

The Plan Commission will look at the proposals again at its June 4 meeting.


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