Lawsuit could delay Edgewater redevelopment

By Paul Snyder

Madison’s Common Council president is blasting a lawsuit challenging the city’s approval of the proposed Edgewater Hotel redevelopment.

“It’s a case that’s very unlikely to succeed, but even then, it wouldn’t surprise me if there was an appeal,” said Alderman Mark Clear. “We’re looking at something that could delay the project for two years.”

Fred Mohs and Gene Devitt, residents of Madison’s Mansion Hill Historic District, last month sued the city, arguing the Common Council defied the city’s landmarks ordinance by approving Brookfield-based Hammes Co.’s proposed $98 million redevelopment of the downtown hotel.

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