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Edgewater redevelopment groundbreaking set for Thursday

Published On: Nov 14 2012 04:59:04 PM CST

MADISON, Wis. -

A groundbreaking ceremony for the redevelopment of the historic Edgewater Hotel in downtown Madison will be held Thursday.

Project developer Bob Dunn will be joined by UW-Madison Chancellor David Ward, Madison Alderwoman Bridget Maniaci, Downtown Madison Inc. President Susan Schmitz and civic leader George Nelson.

The controversial $98 million project faced opposition from some residents, who argued that the plan for the Edgewater, particularly the proposed nine-story tower, was a poor fit for the historic Mansion Hill neighborhood and violated building ordinances in the area.

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Dunn said he will restore the Art Moderne style of the original hotel, cut the size of a 1970s addition, set a public terrace atop it overlooking Lake Mendota, create a staircase to the lake and erect a nine-story tower.

The new Edgewater will have 189 rooms, up to 10 luxury condos, banquet, meeting and retail space, restaurants, a pier and docks and underground parking, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

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