The project has been approved by Urban Design Commission! We will seek approval from the Plan Commission on 8/10/20 and Common Council on 9/1/20.

Project Overview

The redevelopment project will include demolishing the existing Westgate Mall building and redeveloping it into a mixed use housing development, incorporating both affordable and market rate housing units, senior care units, and commercial spaces.

Westgate Mall in 2019 (Madison.com)

Current Site

  • 160 Westgate Mall, Madison, WI 53711
  • 10 acres
  • Current use: retail shopping mall
Redevelopment Site Location (Google)

Community Assets

  • University Research Park
  • Hy-Vee grocery store
  • West Transfer Point
  • Future BRT route
  • Adjacent Opportunity Zone
  • Whitney Square shops and restaurants
  • Iconic residential neighborhoods
  • Beltline and other major roads

Draft Site/Landscape Plan

Current Draft Site Plan

Project Description

  • Proposed zoning: Commercial Center (CC) & Traditional Residential – Urban District 2 (TR-U2)
  • 6 buildings total
  • Market rate & workforce housing located adjacent to Odana School Park
    • 4 to 5 stories
    • 234 units market rate
    • 156 units senior
    • 70 units workforce
  • Underground parking with 1 to 1 ratio
  • Northwest corner reserved for future office/medical uses
  • Internal residential street with sidewalks connecting to surrounding neighborhood

Plaza and Park Access

  • Plaza:
    • Public patios
    • Lawn
    • Public art
  • Direct access from first floor units onto plaza
  • Direct connection from development to Odana School Park

Development Phases

  • Phase I
    • 156 units market rate
  • Phase II
    • 70 units workforce
    • 78 units senior
  • Phase III
    • 78 units market rate
    • 78 units senior
  • Phase IV
    • Office, medical office, or clinic

Development Team

JT Klein, Inc.

Founded by President, Jacob T. Klein in 2014, the company’s primary mission is to increase access to senior and family affordable housing in Wisconsin. Jacob possesses years of experience working with a wide range of affordable housing funding programs and has overseen $60 million worth of housing projects, since 2014. He was named one of the top 50 affordable housing developers of 2016 by Affordable Housing Finance magazine for his value added to many communities throughout Wisconsin.

Jacob T. Klein – President
Danny Afable – Development Manager

Urban Assets, LLC
Community Engagement/Project Management

Melissa Huggins – Principal Planner
Marcus Pearson – Planner

Knothe & Bruce Architects

Kevin Burow – Architect
Randy Bruce – Architect
Don Schroeder – Architect

D’Onofrio Kottke & Associates
Civil Engineer

Bruce Hollar – Principal Engineer

Planning & Engagement Timeline

Neighborhood Meetings:
Public Meeting 1 – January 27, 2020
Midvale Heights Neighborhood Association Meeting – January 28, 2020
Public Meeting 2 (virtual) – April 13, 2020
Public Meeting 3 (virtual) – May 13, 2020

City Approvals:
Urban Design Commission (informational, initial, final)
Plan Commission: 8/10/20
Common Council: 9/1/20