HPC gives Amici’s green light on expansion plans

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By Tia Lynn Ivey

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The local Amici’s received approval to relocate into the old Madison Hardware & Supply Store located at 174 West Washington Street in Madison. The Madison Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) gave owner Mike Torino the green light at a February meeting after reviewing the design plans submitted to renovate and restore parts of the historic hardware store.

The design plans include three dining areas, a new patio, and bocce ball court as well as several offices in the downstairs of the building. Amici’s plans to add a small micro-brewery to the restaurant as well.

“This will give them a lot more room and the chance to consolidate the restaurant and their business offices,” said Kocher. “For the public, it’s a great expansion of an existing business that visitors and locals will enjoy.”

According to Ken Kocher, preservation planner, Torino’s plan meet all the standards of historic preservation on both the state and federal-level, earning the business income tax credits. In February, The HPC agreed with City staff’s recommendation to approve the application, filed by attorney Joseph Smith. City staff noted that the design plans submitted “are in keeping with the utilitarian character of the building.” A timeline for when the project will be completed has not yet been announced.

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