Common Council Approves Collaboration, Design Team


On Tuesday, the City of Madison Common Council made significant progress in moving forward the development of the Madison Public Market. In three resolutions sponsored by alders Larry Palm, Amanda Hall, and Marsha Rummel, the Council approved the Collaboration Agreement with the Madison Public Market Foundation and city staff’s recommendation for architect and engineering design services.

In approving the Collaboration Agreement with the Madison Public Market Foundation, the City officially empowers the Foundation to select vendors to operate within the Public Market, hire staff to operate the Market, advise and provide input on the final design, and secure funds to ensure the successful launch of the Market. Along with these responsibilities, the City grants the Foundation seed funding to move forward with a complete operating agreement.

“We are excited to launch into this next phase of the Public Market development in an official collaborative capacity with the City of Madison,” said Jamaal Stricklin, President of the Board of the Madison Public Market Foundation. “With the selection of the architecture team and the collaboration agreement in place, we can see some real forward progress toward opening the doors of the Market in 2021.”

In October 2018, after reviewing 11 proposals from Madison and around the country, City staff put forth a recommendation to the Common Council to engage an architecture and engineering team led by Minneapolis-based Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle (MSR) to complete the design of the Madison Public Market building. With Tuesday’s approval by the Common Council, MSR can start the design process for the site at the corner of First Street and E. Johnson Street.

This development marks a significant milestone in making the Madison Public Market a community-driven, inclusive destination for the Madison region. You can be part of the initial momentum with a gift today.

Northside News: New site announced for Madison Public Market


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January 28, 2019. Mayor Paul Soglin recently announced updated plans for the Madison Public Market. This year-round market space, which will be home to local food and retail vendors, will now be located at the corner of First Street and East Johnson Street, rather than at the corner of First and East Washington Avenue. The city-owned Fleet Services building currently occupies this site and will undergo renovations to become the Public Market when Fleet Services relocates in 2020.

The previously proposed market site is next door to Fleet Services, where the privately-owned Washington Square shopping plaza is currently located. The future Public Market site sits directly next to Burr Jones Park along the Yahara River, provides more square footage than the original development plans, and the renovation of the existing building is projected to provide cost savings when compared to the costs of new building construction, according to the city. Plans for the market include an outdoor seating area, access to water and greenspace, a performance stage and vendor space. 

Madison Public Market’s MarketReady Program, which is operated by the Northside Planning Council, works in collaboration with the city to support a cohort of 30 food and retail business entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds as they prepare to apply for a spot in the market, with the goal of creating a market that is representative of Madison’s population and cultural diversity.

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