Last Updated: 08/09/2023

Latest Update

August 09, 2023

A virtual bid talk was held on August 3, 2023.  Please see the following links for the slide show presentation and recording.
August 03, 2023 Bid Talk: Madison Public Market Recording
August 03, 2023 Bid Talk: Madison Public Market Power Point Presentation

In the News:
August 03, 2023 The Cap Times
Sneak peek inside the future Madison Public Market

Project Overview

Please visit: and visit City of Madison DPCED (Department of Planning, Community & Economic Development) to view project background and quarterly reports,

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Jan. 09, 2023 Project update: Madison Public Market is in the Bid Readying phase. Project contributors are completing all necessary technical documentation and entitlements to proceed with Bid Advertisement of the Public Market – see Project Schedule below for more information on milestone Bid & Construction dates.

Project Schedule

City User Agency: Economic Development Division
Design and Planning: March 2019 through June 2021

1st Advertisement of Bid: July 20, 2023 available only on Bid Express

Contractor Pre-Bid Site Visit: Thursday, August 17, 2023 at 1:00-2:30 & Thursday, August 24, 2023 at 1:00-2:30, at the project site, 202 N. First St., Madison, WI
Bid Due Date: Sept. 07, 2023

Construction Start Date: November 2023

Expected Completion Date: January 2025

"All information regarding dates/times/locations are informational and should be verified with official bidding documents posted on Bid Express."

Public Involvement

There are a number of points of contact during this project where the public is encouraged to give feedback as part of public information meetings and public hearings. Dates, times and locations are indicated below:

Public Information Meetings

Sept. 05, 2019 Public Information Meeting on the Public Market 9/5/2019 (1:30:11)
Sept. 05, 2019 View the Sept. 05 project presentation
May 08, 2019 A public event was held at the future home of the Madison Public Market, currently the home of City Fleet Services at the corner of E. Johnson and First Street. View the May 08 project presentation boards.

City Process Meetings

June 20, 2023 Common Council Legistar #78073
June 07, 2023 Board of Public Works Legistar #78073
Approving plans and specifications and authorizing the Board of Public Works to advertise and receive bids for Madison Public Market.

February 05, 2019 File #54211
Enter into a contract for Purchase of Services (Architect) with Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd. to provide professional architectural and engineering design services and construction administration services for the design and construction of the Madison Public Market.

July 23, 2018

The City seeks RFP's for Architect and Engineering Services for Madison Public Market. For complete details, please visit the City’s Public Works Requests for Proposal/Quotes/Bids

In the News

33 development projects coming to Madison's skyline

May 05, 2023 The Cap Times

Madison Public Market to break ground this fall, open in 2025

May 02, 2023 Madison Public Market Foundation

Madison's first public market is becoming a reality!

April 28, 2023

What's old is new again: Uncovering an old Madison public market ahead of new construction

March 05, 2023

Funding for Madison Public Market Secured

Feb. 28, 2023 NBC15

$1.5 million donation to Madison Public Market helps meet project fundraising goal

Feb. 25, 2023 Channel 3000

$1.5M donation pushes Madison Public Market closer to reality

Feb. 25, 2023 The Cap Times

Madison Public Market hits funding goal, set to open in 2025

Nov. 17, 2022 Wisconsin State Journal

City Council approves $4.5 million more for Madison Public Market, boosts council pay

Nov. 17, 2022 Channel 3000

Madison Public Market project still alive after council approves TIF district funding as part of budget

Nov. 17, 2022 NBC15

Madison Public Market project to move forward

Nov 16, 2022 The Cap Times

City Council adds $4.5 million to Madison Public Market

Nov. 04, 2022 The Cap Times

New city amendment proposes $6 million for Madison Public Market

Nov. 03, 2022 The Daily Cardinal

The Madison Public Market faces yet another financial setback

Nov. 02, 2022 The Cap Times

County proposal could help close public market funding gap

Oct. 26, 2022 Wis State Journal

Madison, Dane County proposals would close $5.2 million funding gap for Public Market

Sept. 29, 2022

Madison Public Market all but scrapped, as officials make one last plea to alders for funding

Sept. 14, 2022 Wis State Journal

Finance Committee offers mixed signals on closing funding gap for Madison Public Market

Sept. 09, 2022 Isthmus

Do we really need a public market?

Sept. 02, 2022 The Cap Times

What went wrong with the Madison Public Market

Sept. 01, 2022
Madison Public Market leaders now asking city to front $5.2 million budget deficit in project

Sept. 01, 2022

Public Market Project Struggles With Swelling Budget

Sept. 01, 2022 

Madison Public Market delayed; funding setback threatens project

Sept. 01, 2022 Channel 3000
Surging construction costs place Madison Public Market budget $5.2 million short

March 10, 2020: "The Madsplainers" Podcast
The Madsplainers podcast: What's up with the Madison Public Market?

March 04, 2020: The Cap Times
SSM Health clinic, Judge Doyle Square apartments, public market moving forward

February 25, 2020: The Cap Times
Madison Public Market project moves forward with Plan Commission support

February 19, 2020: Madison's Everyday Engineering Podcast (All Episodes available HERE!)
Episode 14: Closer to the Madison Public Market Experience

December 14, 2019 NBC.15
Future Madison Public Market acts as Holiday Market

Sept. 06, 2019 The Cap Times
City unveils detailed Madison Public Market designs        

Sept. 06, 2019 Channel 3000
Madison Public Market Board considers community's opinion on designs for forthcoming market

Sept. 05, 2019 NBC.15
Madison releases renderings for new Public Market

Sept. 05 2019 Channel 3000
New look at upcoming public market

Sept. 05, 2019 Wisconsin State Journal
City to show off more detailed renderings of Madison Public Market, ask for feedback   

Sept. 05, 2019 WKOW
City unveils design for Madison Public Market

August 27, 2019 City of Madison News
New design details to be shared at Sept. 5 Public Market meeting

July 18, 2019 Isthmus
"There better be beer!"

May 09, 2019 Wisconsin State Journal
Preview of Madison Public Market offers taste of what's to come in 2021

May 07, 2019 Wisconsin State Journal
Madison offers peek at Public Market

April 30, 2019 City of Madison Press Release
Public Market sneak peek open house set for May 8

Dec. 01, 2018 Wisconsin State Journal
Madison shifts site for Public Market    

June 29, 2018 Wisconsin State Journal
Madison Public Market site plan gets a makeover, including a potential hotel

Sept. 24, 2017  Wisconsin State Journal
From momos to children's books, cultural diversity at heart of Madison Public Market