Madison Luxury Residential Community The James Reaches Development Milestone

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Developer Core Spaces announced that construction is ahead of schedule for the amenity-rich, iconic building that is helping transform the popular, historic downtown

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The James, a 366-unit, 12-story luxury housing community in the heart of downtown Madison, will feature a wide variety of amenities including a rooftop sundeck with a pool, hot tub, lounging area, bar

Core Spaces is proud to work with the local community to transform downtown Madison with modern facilities of the highest quality, while honoring the past by paying tribute to the city’s founders and namesakes, including James Madison.

Core Spaces, a Chicago-based real estate development and management firm well known for its innovative student housing communities and other luxury residences, has reached a major milestone in the construction of The James in a popular, historic area of downtown Madison.

Core Spaces executives announced that construction of the new, world-class residence is ahead of schedule and celebrated by placing the last yard of structural concrete on the roof deck of the 12-story, 366-unit building.

The James includes two residential wings and numerous community/lifestyle areas that feature a wide variety of high-end, high-tech finishes and amenities. The James also was designed to pay homage to the area’s rich history, company officials say.

“Core Spaces is proud to work with the local community to transform downtown Madison with modern facilities of the highest quality, while honoring the past by paying tribute to the city’s founders and namesakes, including James Madison,” says Eric Grimm, Core Spaces Chief Development Officer. “This transformation includes The James housing community, an iconic building at a prominent location that blends the best of new and old.”

The James, 432 Gorham St., is being developed in the heart of the downtown area with easy access to nearby restaurants, shops, nightlife, and cultural and recreational attractions and just steps from the University of Wisconsin campus and the Wisconsin State Capital. Residents will be able to enjoy upscale features with custom designs from renowned interior designer Studio K and a rooftop sundeck with a pool, hot tub, built-in lounging areas, barbecue grills and beautiful views.

Other world-class amenities will include a fitness center with cutting edge exercise equipment; yoga room with outdoor meditation garden; spa with steam room; virtual trainer and classes; club room with lounging areas and a coffee bar; “mini-market” Breakroom Provisions; executive business area with computers and printers; a climate- and access-controlled parking garage; and free, building-wide high-speed Wi-Fi. The complex also will house convenient retail shops.

The west wing of The James will offer studio to five-bedroom apartments with roommate matching services and double occupancy options. The east wing will offer luxury finishes and features, including Nest Thermostats, bedroom light dimmers and custom tile kitchen backsplashes in the studio to 2-bedroom apartment homes, with access to private amenities and elevators.

Ben Modleski, Core Spaces Chief Operating Officer, notes, “Our goal with every housing community we develop, including The James, is to locate them in growing, sought-after areas where people really want to live. Then we develop housing that meets residents’ needs and fits their lifestyle. We expect that The James will offer a highly appealing living option that fits well with the active, vital Madison lifestyle.”

The James is now leasing for summer 2017. Contact the leasing office/show room at 544 State St. and 608 298-5222. For more information, please visit

About Core Spaces

Core Spaces is a full-integrated real estate firm specializing in the development, acquisition and management of high-quality student housing communities across the country. Backed by a deep understanding of university markets, a commitment to quality and a strong track record of success, Core Spaces is responsible for some of the most acclaimed and successful student housing communities in the nation. Based in Chicago, Core Spaces has developed and acquired over 5,200 beds of student housing in the past several years. For more information, please visit

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