Ten-story apartment building planned for Regent Street near UW campus

MADISON, Wis. – A new 10-story, 534-bed apartment building is planned for the 800 block of Regent Street just off the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

Chapter at Madison will offer 165 furnished units and amenities like a full fitness center, private study rooms and a rooftop terrace overlooking Lake Monona. The new development will replace several buildings in the 800 block of Regent Street including the former Buckingham’s Bar & Grill and the former Fraboni’s Italian Specialties and Delicatessen, which closed in 2018.

The building is one of several new housing developments near UW-Madison’s campus, an area where many feel affordable housing is lacking. Alison Mills from project developer CRG said she hopes the added units will lower prices across the area.

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“We are certainly aware of the struggles and the stress that many students have been facing this year finding housing. Particularly, we’ve seen the university increasing enrollment year after year,” Mills, the company’s vice president of design and development, said. “We feel very fortunate, at least, to have been able to execute on this project in order to bring just that much-needed supply and real density close to campus.”

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Mills said the new development is also designed with the history of the Greenbush neighborhood in mind. The lobby will feature a cultural exhibit detailing the history of the neighborhood which was mainly populated by immigrants in the past.

“It used to be this really incredible neighborhood of immigrants in Madison and was really subject to a lot of the forces of urban renewal that kind of destroyed a lot of that original immigrant fabric,” said Mills. “We really wanted to pay homage to the history of the neighborhood and of this block and really preserve the history of the immigrants who made the Greenbush neighborhood what it was.”

The building will begin pre-renting apartments in the fall of 2023 and is expected to be open for the start of the fall 2024 semester.