The Madison Plan Commission's unanimous approval of a conditional use permit for the proposed, eight story Cosmos building is more than just another major new development in the transformative reimaging of East Washington Avenue.
It is a fulfillment of a promise to the city, especially east side neighborhoods, during the decade-long push for creation of the Capitol East District, that the area's growth would include a major, new employment center.
For a variety of reasons, housing and amenities, including the refurbishing of Breese Stevens Field and creation of Central Park came first.
But the original plans, on which city officials, neighbors and planners agreed, was that Cap East would be home to new businesses and many new jobs.
The Cosmos project, thanks in part to American Family Insurance, Capitol Entrepreneurs and developer Otto Gebhardt, honors that commitment.
We're thrilled to see this piece in place, and we're excited about the future of Madison's Capitol East District.
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