Madison is moving to spend $3.9 million to transform a two-story building and property on Lake Monona next to Olin Park into a community amenity with Parks Division offices, recreational programming, meeting rooms and more public restrooms for park users.
In February 2019, seizing a rare opportunity, the city spent $5.5 million to buy the 3.65-acre shoreline property at 330 and 342 E. Lakeside St. from the Wisconsin Medical Society. The acquisition included nearly 450 feet of shoreline for public access to the lake and included the two-story, 43,000-square-foot office building and a parking lot.
“The property and building are envisioned as important parts of the larger vision of improved connection to, and access of, the Lake Monona waterfront,” parks superintendent Eric Knepp said.
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