There is a long-standing tension in parts of Madison, between historic preservation and new growth. The latest in this battle? A multi-million dollar housing project in the Mansion Hill Historic District (the same neighborhood that experienced controversy over the Edgewater Hotel project).
From the Wisconsin State Journal: "Steve Brown, who owns about 11 percent of all properties in the historic district, wants to demolish the 10-story, 1960s-era Highlander apartment building, move a vintage house, and demolish a three-story, 120-year-old house to make way for three five-story buildings with 60 total units and shared underground parking on the 100 block of West Gilman Street."
All this, despite vocal concerns from historic preservationists. "The building at 127 W. Gilman, built in 1893 in the Stick Style, represents structures in the historic district occupied by the city’s middle class of the time," according to the WSJ article.
The debate should sound familiar -- in 2011, businessman and philanthropist Jerry Frautschi faced strong opposition when he wanted to tear down a slate of historic buildings on the 100 block of State Street. That plan was salvaged after it was redrawn to preserve some of the original, historic structures.
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