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Warmer Weather, Mad Fun

Warmer weather has arrived and with it comes Madison’s MadCity Bazaar. The urban pop-up flea market is in the midst of its second season at the Washington Plaza located at 1800 East Washington Avenue. Held every first and third Saturday and Sunday of May through September, MadCity Bazaar offers locals and visitors the chance to purchase goods from the area’s finest makers, collectors and small-batch producers. On select weekends throughout the summer, bazaar-goers will also enjoy music by featured DJs and tasty bites from a variety of food carts sponsored by Let’s Eat Out!

Future Includes Public Market District

Exciting projects are currently underway for the City of Madison in the Capitol East District, among them the Madison Public Market District. The venue promises to host a diverse mix of local vendors making and selling artisan products – many of which will dish up edible delights. For more information, visit www.cityofmadison.com/publicmarket.

Private Sector Continues to Invest in Capitol East District

With revitalization comes great opportunities, both of which are abundant in the Cap East District. The City of Madison is moving forward on a project for the 800 South Block of East Washington Avenue in partnership with Otto Gebhardt. Meanwhile, StartingBlock, a 50,000-square-foot entrepreneurial hub, is nearing the fundraising finish line as it continues with grant application efforts. American Family Insurance has stepped up to be a lead investor in the project.

Pasqual’s restaurant has officially opened in the Capitol East District. The much-anticipated Southwestern restaurant is located at 1344 East Washington Avenue in the historic brick building formerly housing Fyfe’s Corner Bistro. Pasqual’s will also manufacture its tasty homemade tortilla chips on site.

The Plan Commission officially approved next steps for the Reynolds Property, a proposal by Terrence Wall. The proposed project would be for a four-story, 189-unit multifamily residential building at 110 North Livingston Street.

The Galaxie is coming together with the parking garage and the structure of Festival Foods in sight. Additional commercial space and residential units will follow with completion dates scheduled for 2016.

Johnson Street reconstruction is finished, and The Capitol East Business Association is celebrating by applying for grants for beautification projects such as flowerbeds and plants. To learn more or to partner with the association on these efforts, email Nate Mathis-Vargas, doghausuniversity@gmail.com, or Jim Wright, jim@madisoncorknbottle.com.