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File #: 53827    Version: 1 Name: Issuing a Request for Proposals to solicit innovative and inclusive activation proposals (commerce, programming, etc.) for a business, nonprofit or other entity to implement at the Top of State Area.
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 11/14/2018 In control: Parks Division
On agenda: 12/4/2018 Final action: 12/4/2018
Enactment date: 12/10/2018 Enactment #: RES-18-00823
Title: Issuing a Request for Proposals to solicit innovative and inclusive activation proposals (commerce, programming, etc.) for a business, nonprofit or other entity to implement at the Top of State Area.
Sponsors: Michael E. Verveer, Zach Wood, Ledell Zellers
Fiscal Note
The proposed resolution authorizes a Request for Proposals (RFP) to solicit plans to implement programs and activities for a business, nonprofit or other entity to implement at the Top of State Area. The intention is that accepted proposals will not seek any form of City funding and are stand-alone operations. Any agreements that are negotiated as a result of this RFP will go before the Common Council for approval. No appropriation is required with the approval of this resolution.

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Issuing a Request for Proposals to solicit innovative and inclusive activation proposals (commerce, programming, etc.) for a business, nonprofit or other entity to implement at the Top of State Area.

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WHEREAS, the “Top of State” area at the intersection of State Street and the Capitol Square is the heart of Downtown Madison, one of the highest-traffic pedestrian intersections in Wisconsin and an important public gathering space for the community; and,

WHEREAS, this area also can experience negative activities including littering, fighting, and drug trafficking; and,

WHEREAS, for the last several years, the City has worked with community partners including the Central Madison Business Improvement District and Downtown Madison Inc. to implement a variety of strategies to address these issues including physical design changes to the space, increasing police enforcement, adding programming, and creating street vending opportunities; and,

WHEREAS, these efforts have made improvements, but they are resource-intensive and problems in this area persist; and,

WHEREAS, Top of State is a focal point of the community and a valuable asset for the City with the potential to contribute to Downtown in a more positive manner; and,

WHEREAS the recently adopted "Ensuring a Vibrant Downtown Retail Destination: A Retail Assessment and Strategy for Downtown Madison” (RES 15-00206, Legislative File #36697) recommends implementing programs and activities that activate the dow...

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