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For more information, please contact Dan Kennelly at, May 2019


The 66-year-old building with sweeping interior open spaces and 20-foot ceilings, huge bay doors, and expansive rows of windows is poised for new life.

Already, there is a sense of big things ahead for the two-story industrial space, currently the city’s Fleet Services building on the East Side, which has been chosen as the future home of the $13.2 million Madison Public Market., Dec 2018


There’s been talk of a public market in Madison for years. Mayor Paul Soglin moved the idea forward when he created the Public Market Development Committee to research a market in 2012. The city council approved the idea in 2015 with the original plan to move into the City Fleet Services building at 200 First St. The proposed location changed since then, but as of this month the current plan is back to the Fleet Services building., Dec 2018


Once again, the city is changing plans for the coming $13.2 million Madison Public Market, shifting the site and returning to renovation over new construction.

The city is dropping its bid to acquire land to build the market next to a private redevelopment on East Washington Avenue, Anne Reynolds, chair of the city’s Public Market Development Committee, said Friday.

Instead, the city will return to an earlier option to re-purpose its nearby Fleet Services building at the corner of North First and East Johnson streets, she said.

Wisconsin State Journal, May 2017

Major changes are being proposed for the site plan of Madison Public Market development, including the possible addition of a hotel to the East Side property.

The revised layout of the public-private project — slated for the land bounded by East Washington Avenue, North First Street and Burr Jones Park — flips the location on the site of the city-owned Public Market and the private elements of the development.

City shares Preliminary Design, site plan for Madison Public Market

Wisconsin State Journal, May 2017

The city’s preliminary site map for the Madison Public Market on the East Side was met with opposition and disappointment

Thursday from the committee overseeing the project.

As architects presented the layout, members of the Public Market Development Committee raised concerns about the priority of space they said was given to the private aspects of the development rather than the Public Market.

Vendor Interests Questionnaire 

City of Madison, Mar 2017

The Madison Public Market is making progress.  We are currently

reaching out to get more information from potential vendors and businesses

who are interested in being part of the project. 

This is for informational purposes only to help guide final plans for the market and create an updated list of interested vendors.  

Whats Going On with Madison's Public Market

Cap Times, Mar 2017

The city of Madison has long been working on a plan

for a public market, and the city has recently taken a

few more steps towards realizing those plans.

With a goal to begin construction in 2018, the year-round, indoor

public market is slated for First Street,

between East Washington and Johnson Street. 

Plan firming for Public Market, Private Development Jan 2017

After four years of effort, the city and a developer are firming up a design for a $14 million Madison Public Market and new, private commercial space, offices and housing on the East Side.

The private component could bring $30 million to $40 million in investment for a first phase with more in a second phase, the developers said.

Madison Public Market funding remains proposed capital budget

Cap Times, Sept 2016

Funding a public market will remain in

Mayor Paul Soglin’s proposed capital budget after two amendments calling to delay funding failed at a city finance committee meeting Monday.

Soglin and City Council members have proposed 34 amendmentsto the mayor’s proposed $329.7 million capital budget.

Paul Soglin wants focus on East Side shopping center site for Madison Public Market

Wisconsin State Journal, Apr 2016

Mayor Paul Soglin wants the city to plan redevelopment of a shopping plaza at First Street and East Washington Avenue to see if it can include a $14 million Madison Public Market.Soglin on Tuesday will introduce a resolution authorizing

city staff to begin planning with

the owners of the Washington Plaza shopping center,

1858 E. Washington Ave., and to start negotiating preliminary terms of an initial partnership. 

Traffic, parking among biggest concerns for Madison public market neighbors

Cap Times, Jan 2016

Even as residents of the east-side area slated to house Madison's public market are excited about the development, they have

big concerns about traffic and parking around the site.

Those issues took up much of the discussion at a public meeting Wednesday night where city staff gave an update on the planning for the

proposed public market district.

Full Article

Madison Public Market options now include shopping center site

Wisconsin State Journal, Jan 2016

Serious options for a $14 million Madison Public Market now include it being part of a potential redevelopment of a shopping plaza at the corner of First Street and East Washington Avenue on the East Side.

Next Steps for Public Market

Isthmus, Dec 2015

Just a few months ago it looked like Madison’s long-awaited public market would be delayed until the next decade. Citing other priorities, Mayor Paul Soglin failed to include any funds for the facility in his capital budget. But recent events, including the announcement that the city’s Oscar Mayer plant will close in early 2017, spurred city leaders to move the project forward with a pledge of $4.25 million in city borrowing for the $14 million project.

Public Market Update From Meghan Blake-Horst

W.O.R.T. FM, Nov 2015

Meghan Blake-Horst, Co-Founder & Market Manager at MadCity Bazaar and owner of Absolutely Art, talks with host Jonathan Zarov about the Madison Public Market.

The vision for the Public Market is a place with a mix of food retail, wholesaling, and processing, arts/craft vending, community uses, and events in a culturally diverse and dynamic public space

Madison's budget continues to swell as Paul Soglin proposes moving up public market

Cap Times, Oct 2015

After last year’s tense city budget process

left Madison with what some have called an unaffordable budget, City Council members and Mayor Paul Soglin alike have stressed

reining in the city’s finances, making tough decisions and being fiscally responsible.

Mayor Paul Soglin wants to put public market back on schedule

Wisconsin State Journal, Oct 2015

Serious options for a $14 million

Madison Public Market now include it being part of a potential redevelopment of a shopping plaza at the corner of

First Street and East Washington Avenue on the East Side.