Downtown building home to Paisan’s ordered to close a third time over structural concerns

MADISON, Wis. — The downtown Madison building home to Paisan’s restaurant is being ordered to close for a third time due to structural concerns.

In a news release Monday afternoon, the city said the closure of the building at 131 West Wilson Street comes after the building’s owners “failed to comply with conditions of occupancy previously established.”

“City staff notified the building owner on May 25, 2022 that inspection and monitoring reports to certify the continued safety of the building were not being submitted,” according to the release. “Building Inspection personnel have not received the required documentation regarding the ongoing monitoring, and as such, the building is again being vacated.”

The city ordered the building’s closure twice last year — in September and December.

The building’s owners have filed a demolition permit to tear it down. Last month, Greg Rice of Rice Investors, LLC, one of the owners, argued the structure is deteriorating and “at risk of immediate collapse.”

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City officials have pushed back against the dire warning, reiterating Monday that “staff do not believe the building is at risk of imminent collapse.”

The city’s Plan Commission is tentatively set to hear the demolition request at its June 27 meeting.