A two-man crew was seen surveying the Cotton Mill property Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (Photo by Peggy Vlerebome)
A two-man crew was seen surveying the Cotton Mill property Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (Photo by Peggy Vlerebome)
It appears that tomorrow will be the day we learn what is ahead for what is known in Madison as the Cotton Mill, one of the state’s endangered landmarks. The property, which has been abandoned for some time, is at Vaughn Drive and St. Michael’s Avenue. Its possible restoration and development have been the subject of much speculation over the last few years.

At this evening’s City Council meeting, Mayor Damon Welch made this statement:

“Finally tonight, I want to note that there will be some exciting news announced tomorrow regarding the future redevelopment of the Cotton Mill as a hotel and convention property. This project has been at the front of our minds since the beginning of my administration, and thanks to the spotlight from our Stellar designation, some innovative developers, and financial incentives, we see a path forward for this property that we have never seen before. We have been able to keep the Council apprised of the situation and I think it is safe to say that we are all excited to see where the next steps lead our community in the public process that will follow. While the news is exciting, the project still has a number of hurdles to clear, and I look forward to working with Council and a number of others over the next few weeks to clear those hurdles and bring this project across the finish line.”