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Changes coming to Library, State Street malls

Project expected to start next summer, cost $3.5 million

MADISON, Wis. - Big changes are coming to Library and State Street malls in Downtown Madison.

Thousands of walkers and cyclists regularly use the area at the end of State Street and there's a nearly $3.5 million project being planned.

City leaders hosted a meeting Tuesday night at Tripp Commons to get feedback from residents and to unveil some of the preliminary plans that will likely be funded by city bonds.

One of the proposals includes adding some green space and a water fountain.

Leaders will also discuss alternative ways to organize the food carts in the area to maximize the space.

A series of meetings were hosted and chalk boards were put up throughout the area to get feedback from residents.

Scott Resnick, the alderman of the area, said the area needs the face-lift because it resembles the 1960s and 1970s.

"At this point, many of the utilities need to be replaced. Some are dating back to the 1800s," Resnick said.

Resnick said for the last 10 years the city has been redeveloping State Street block by block and this is the last piece of that plan.

Ground breaking is expected to be next summer, Resnick said.

The 700 and 800 blocks of State Street would be closed for construction but officials are hoping to have the area open by the time students return in the fall.

Changes coming to Library, State Street malls

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