Last Updated: 01/27/2020

UPDATE: February 26, 2019

Added a link to the project FLICKR page.  See below.

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Park Edge/Park Ridge Neighborhood Employment Center

The City purchased the former Griff’s Restaurant near Elver Park on McKenna Blvd. to be renovated for an adult and youth oriented employment services center. The City and the center’s operator, Urban League of Greater Madison (ULGM), have collaborated on four well-attended public meetings to collect information from neighborhood residents on desired training and programs to be offered and building design. At just under 4,000 square feet, the building will feature a large, dividable meeting room with attached kitchen, computer lab, self-serve computer kiosks, staff area and restrooms. The exterior siding and roofing materials will be replaced. ULGM is currently staffing a temporary location to get training and programs up and running in the neighborhood.

City User Agency: Community Development Division

1st Advertisement of Bid: June 08, 2018 Documents available on Bid Express.
Bid Due: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Construction Start: August 31, 2018
Expected Completion: Feb. 27, 2019

Pre-Bid Contractors Meeting: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 @ 1:30 pm at 1233 McKenna Blvd. Madison WI (Former Griff's Restaurant). Please see Bid Express for additional information.
SBE Pre-Bid Meeting: July 06, 2018 1:00 pm at 1600 Emil St., Madison, WI
"All information regarding dates/times/locations are informational and should be verified with official bidding documents posted on Bid Express."

Preliminary Exterior Design of Park Edge/Park Ridge Employment Center: Updated July 19, 2017


Existing Griff's Building

Current Griffs Building

PE/PR in the news:

August 29, 2018  The Cap Times
'Big change' on the way for southwest Madison as employment center breaks ground

Project History:

September 14, 2016 Public Meeting #1 Minutes