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Alder Sara Eskrich

Alder Sara Eskrich

Alder Sara Eskrich

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502 Edgewood Ave.
Madison , WI 53711

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District 13 Development


The City Process

"Due diligence" Inquiries

Frequently developers contact city planning staff with inquiries about properties across the city.  These informal inquiries typically involve requests for information about city plans and regulations that would influence what may be allowed on potential development opportunity sites.  These inquiries do not always materialize as actual projects.  When a project does materialize as an intent to file a formal land use application, the following procedures for notice, preapplication review, and formal land use application review apply.


Procedures for a variety of land use approvals are outlined in MGO 28.181 - Madison Zoning Code.  These procedures describe the formal notice requirements (in Table 28L-2. Notice Requirements).  Applicants must notify the registered neighborhood association(s) in the area where the property is located, any business association(s), DPCED staff, and the Alder of the district within which the property is located.  Failure to provide the 30-day preapplication notice does not invalidate any action taken on the application by the Plan Commission or the Common Council. The neighborhood notice may be waived, if approved by the Alderperson, and Director of Planning, Community and Economic Development.  

Notice for public hearings required for map amendments (rezonings), conditional use applications, and demolitions require class 2 notification in the official city paper.  Additionally, the Planning Division sends notices by first class mail at least 10 days prior to a public hearing to:

  • the alderperson of the district in which the affected property is located
  • property owners and occupants of multi-tenant buildings within two-hundred (200) feet of the boundaries of the properties affected
  • the owners of adjoining property

Signs are also placed on the property that is the subject of the application at least 21 days prior to the public hearing.  The signs must be placed facing each public right of way that abuts the property, and the sign must be visible from the sidewalk or other public right of way. The signs provide information about the times and locations of public hearings.  Application contents and information received from the public are included in an electronic file associated with project on the City's legislative information system, Legistar, and available from Planning staff on request.

Preapplication Phase

While the preapplication process is optional, development teams almost always adhere to some level of preapplication review with Alders, neighborhood associations, and city staff.  Typically, a development proposal will be reviewed at one or more neighborhood meetings hosted by the Alder, and we strongly encourage some review by Planning staff to ID any glaring inconsistencies with adopted plans and zoning. 

Urban Design Commission preapplication phase

It is a the standing policy of the Urban Design Commission that any project where Urban Design Commission review is requested or required, the applicant must have a preapplication meeting with the Secretary of the UDC.  During this preapplication meeting the UDC Secretary helps project teams bring their proposals into compliance with the adopted Urban Design District standards, as well as with other urban design standards that may be embedded in the relevant zoning regulations.

Formal Land Use Application review

After the 30-day notice period applicants may proceed to review by relevant bodies which may include Urban Design Commission, Plan Commission and Common Council.  Typically these reviews include an informational presentation at UDC (which includes an opportunity for public comment), a meeting to secure initial approval by UDC (which includes a noticed public hearing), and a meeting to secure final approval by UDC (which also includes a noticed public hearing).  Projects are not always approved at the first meetings and some are referred for multiple reviews with additional opportunity for public comment. After initial approval by UDC (if their review is requested or required), an application proceeds to Plan Commission for a public hearing. Some decisions end with the Plan Commission or Urban Design Commission, while others are decided by Common Council (an overview of Commission and Council involvement in development decisions may be found here:  The formal land use review process typically takes 60-90 days, though this timeframe may vary due to any number of extenuating circumstances over which the Planning Division has limited control.

Oftentimes meetings with neighborhood groups, Alders, and staff continue outside of the required informational meetings and public hearings.  These meetings typically result in changes to development proposals to bring them into closer alignment with the spirit and intent of plan policies, and into compliance with the zoning standards.  In the case of the 820 S. Park St. proposal, for example, meetings between the development team, staff, the Alder and the neighborhood association led to seven revisions to the proposed project.

Shortcomings of our Process

As we review our system for improvements, we recognize that better coordination between developer, staff, Alder and neighbors during the preapplication phase is needed. The need for an improved process was also identified by the Development Process Improvement Initiative report that Common Council adopted in 2011. This report called for the Planning Division to establish a "predictable, consistent process and expectations for staff review of development proposals during the Pre-Application Phase of projects." 

The development of a formal process will make it distinct from the day-to-day calls and meetings that planners, administrative leaders, neighborhood groups, and elected officials may have with potential developers as part of their due diligence.  Due diligence is an informal and discretionary process; it is not controlled by the Planning Division, though Planning staff may avail themselves to inquiries from project teams, neighborhood residents, and elected officials.  

By contrast a formal pre-application process could draw a distinction between developer due diligence and a real proposal.  The Development Process Improvement Initiative acknowledged the need to standardize this process in order to improve communication and coordination of various stakeholders.  The purpose of establishing a formal preapplication process would assist with neighborhood coordination in the following ways:

  • Predictable process. It will establish a set of prescribed steps that all projects must follow. This action will ensure a consistent threshold of review and public engagement for every proposal.
  • Enhanced communication. It will establish clear expectations for the conveyance of information to applicants, administration and elected officials, the community, and partner agencies involved in the review process. This action will ensure that all stakeholders are uniformly informed about applicable plan policy guidance, regulations, and the standards for review.
  • Project readiness. It will allow the Planning Division to gather necessary information to advise potential project developers about a proposal's consistency with plans and regulations and to conduct informed meetings with neighborhood residents who may be affected by a proposal. This action will ensure a standard of proposal readiness for formal review by our Commissions and/or Common Council.

The Planning Division is working a Pre-application Process which will be reviewed by stakeholders during the first part of 2016.

What the city can and can't do

Development is driven by private investment. The City has a lot of "no" power but very limited power to force action. We'd say "no" if a foundry asked to build on Park St. but the City cannot tell a developer, "You must apartment building" (or anything for that matter). The City's updated Standards for Review can be found here.

Once a private developer has committed to a project the City can influence the design but we're limited by the developer. They aren't required to invest their money; they can always pull out. Ultimately we endeavor to make the proposed building as great as it can be, or at least to the level of acceptability.
What neighbors can do 
  1. Tell me and your neighborhood association your opinions.
  2. Email your opinion to review commissions below. 
  3. Speak at public hearings of those bodies.  Ask your neighbors to do the same. 

Small Cap TIF Information

The Greenbush Housing Renovation Program is designed to help pay for the cost of purchasing/renovating and converting current rental properties to owner-occupied housing through a forgivable loan. The program runs through the end of 2017.

For more information about program eligibility, contact Terri Goldbin at the City of Madison at 266-4223 or website. You can also learn more about the program's history and successful loans here.

Rockhound Brewery Proposed Changes

444 South Park Street is applying for a patio (technically a sidewalk cafe) and entertainment license. This will require a few changes and permits. 
Here are some notes from the owner to explain:
1) I intend to build and open a sidewalk cafe which will be on city terrace property. I have attached my application for a change in the building plan which outlines how the patio will look, etc. The second is for the liquor license change associated with the patio and with an entertainment license. I'm asking for sidewalk cafe hours that extend up to 11 pm in the evening; with a capacity of 30 persons on the patio. The attached drawing shows 6 tables and 27 seats. The patio is officially 527 square feet.
2) I plan to add an entertainment permit to Rockhound. As outlined in the documentation provided, I plan to have small duos and trios occasionally, to augment happy hour or later night atmosphere, not to have concerts. As noted, my lease forbids drums. My musical tastes for an establishment like this tend toward the local singer-songwriter, light folk, lighter/softer country, lighter independent music. I won't risk complaints from tenants above on loud music. That entertainment permit application is in the second attachment. No entertainment will be outside, only inside. 
The Greenbush Neighborhood Assocition Council is supporting these changes. You can see their letter here.
  • May 8th at 7pm - Neighborhood Meeting at Rockhound
  • ALRC meeting 5/17/2017, Alder Comments Here

Edgewood High School Athletic Complex 

Edgewood High School is discussing enhancements to their stadium complex, including lights and a sound system. At this time, there is no formal proposal before the city to amend the Edgewood Master Plan. This would be a requirement for any field enhancements to proceed. 

You can also learn more on this overview sheet. If and when Edgewood decides to proceed with a master plan amendment, more information will be provided on my website. 

1313 Regent Street

Project Description : Convert auto repair shop into restaurant-brewpub and reception hall with outdoor eating area and non-accessory temporary outdoor event area related to Camp Randall.

Site Plans on the City Planning Website

Plan Commission Review: October 19, 2015

  • Updated Plans here
  • Passed with conditions of approval

Alcohol License Review: October 21, 2015

  • Passed with conditions of approval
  • Alder Comments here

This business intends to submit a conditional use request for an outdoor volleyball court. There will be a public meeting March 22, 2017 at 7pm at 1313 Regent Street in the event room.

NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING Lucky's 1313 Brew Pub is reapplying for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for volleyball courts in the space behind the brew pub. The application from June 2016 was put on file without prejudice after Lucky's 1313 Brew Pub applied for changes to its CUP before actual operations at 1313 Regent Street commenced. Now that the restaurant and brew pub has been operating for over six months, they are resubmitting the application with a few changes.

  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., Lucky's 1313 Brew Pub event room, 1313 Regent Street
  • The letter of intent for this proposed conditional use can be found here.

Plan Commission Meeting, Monday, May 22 at 5:30pm - UPDATE - ITEM REFERRED (will not be on agenda 5/22/17)

HotelRED, 1501 Monroe Street

HotelRED is proposing an additional four stories with a rooftop patio and event space. Please see the submitted plans here.

  • Neighborhood meeting, November 9 at 7pm
  • Plan Commission, March 20 at 5:30pm, alder comments

HotelRED is proposing an updated project, which involves a two plus story vertical addition to the existing structure.  The addition will include two floors of new guests rooms and a rooftop lounge, patio, meeting space and green roof.  After carefully listening to our neighbors and the City, this proposed revitalization will enhance a local amenity and resource, while still continuing to serve as a strong community focused member of the neighborhood. You can see the preliminary design here.

Please send comments to be shared with the Plan Commission to me and Tim Parks (

1202 S. Park Street Perminent Supportive Housing

This proposed apartment building at 1202 S. Park Street will have approximately 63 apartments in a mixed use building with integrated supportive services for single adults experiencing homelessness. It is being developed by Heartland Housing.

  • Plans submitted to the Urban Design Commission for information and feedback (1/17/2017).

Neighborhood Meeting, December 8 at 7pm

Neighborhood Meeting focusing on planning issues related to land use and the proposed site.

  • Tuesday, January 24 at 6:30pm, Goodman Maintenance Facility, 1402 Wingra Creek Parkway

Neighborhood meeting focused on services provided (safety, quality of life concerns for this particular housing type). 

  • February 6 meeting at 6:30pm, Rethke Terrace, 715 Rethke Ave. 

A fact sheet with more information on services can be found here.

This project did not recieve WHEDA tax credits in the Spring 2017 cycle.

1004 & 1032 PARK STREET

The project team is proposing changes to their origional approval. This will require a full re-approval process. The updated plans are here. New plans as of 1/10/2017 here.

  • Urban Design Commission Informational Meeting, July 13 at 4:30pm
  • Urban Design Commission Approval Mtg, November 9 at 4:30pm
    • Plans for November 9
    • The design was not approved at this meeting and the team will need to return to UDC in the future (prior to Plan Commission).
  • Neighborhood Meeting on Updated Plans
    • Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 6pm at the Park Maintenance Facility, 1402 Wingra Creek Pkwy
    • Follow-ups from the meeting: 
      1.  Rooftop Deck - We will look into whether or not our current proposal will allow for a rooftop deck structurally.
      2. Sidewalks - Fish Hatchery has 5 1/2' sidewalks and 7 1/2' impervious paver area from edge of sidewalk to curb aprox.  Park St. has 5 1/2' sidewalks and 7 1/2' impervious paver area from edge of sidewalk to curb aprox. 
      3. Unit Mix - See here.  *Note, 15 of the units at the point will become lofted units.
      4. Bike Parking - Floor Bike Parking 71 stalls, wall mounted stalls minimum of 79, outdoor bike stalls minimum of 20
      5. Upcoming Meeting Dates: Currently our submittal date for Formal UDC and Planning review is Feb. 22nd.  Formal UDC will be on March 22nd, Planning Commission on April 3rd, and Council on April 18th. These expected dates were not met.
  • Urban Design Commission, June 28
  • Plan Commission, July 10
    • Alder Comments
    • Referred to future Plan Commission meeting
    • Anticipated Plan Commission Date August 28
  • Neighborhood Meeting, July 25
  • Council, TBD

Jade Garden Redevelopment 

The developer is proposing redevelopment of 1109 South Park Street. 

The public input process will include:

  • 1st Neighborhood Meeting, Tuesday, May 31 at 7:30pm
  • Urban Design Commission Informational Presentation, Wednesday, June 1 at 4:30pm
  • Urban Design Commission 2nd Informational Presentation, Wednesday, June 29 at 4:30pm
    • Detailed notes from UDC meeting.
  • 2nd Neighborhood Meeting, Thursday, September 8 at 7pm at the Madison Water Utility
  • Urban Design Commission Submission for Approval, October 26
    • My Comments
    • The plans were not approved to go ahead from UDC. The team will need to return in the future.
  • Plan Commission, TBD

Monroe Street Reconstruction

This area will continue to be updated with information regarding the Monroe Street reconstruction process, which is currently in the city capital budget for 2018. For the most up to date and comprehensive information, please see the city engineering webpage.

On January 3rd, the Common Council unanimously approved the future cross section (dimensions) for Monroe Street proposed by city staff with neighborhood input. With the cross section approved, we can now move forward with more detailed design and planning around the specific type and placement of streetscaping, traffic calming and sustainability improvements. 

Upcoming Meetings:

Monroe Street Reconstruction: Wingra Park Entrance Workshop

When: April 27, 2017 at 5:30

Where: Temple Beth El 2702 Arbor Drive Madison, WI 53711

RSVP here:

Workshop goals:

1. Share opportunities and gather community input on desired placemaking and traffic calming enhancements at the Wingra Park entrance and adjacent intersection (Commonwealth and Monroe). 

2. Explore community ideas and questions in a creative, hands-on setting.


Monroe Street Reconstruction: Preliminary Corridor Design Workshop

When: July 5, 2017 6:00-8:00 PM

Where: Edgewood College Washburn Herritage Room, 1000 Edgewood College Drive, Madison, WI 53711

RSVP here:

Workshop Goals:

1. Share detailed preliminary plans for the future design of Monroe Street.

2. Gather community input on potential placemaking and traffic calming enhancements along the length of Monroe Street.

3. Explore ideas and questions in a creative, hands-on setting.


Monroe Street Reconstruction: Final Corridor Design Open House

When: July 20, 2017 6:00-8:00 PM

Where: Edgewood College Washburn Heritage Room 1000 Edgewood College Drive Madison, WI 53711

RSVP here:

Open House Goals:

1. View and learn about final plans for the reconstruction of Monroe Street, including streetscaping and traffic calming designs.

2. Discuss ideas with City of Madison engineering, planning and Metro staff.

3. Learn about next steps in preparing for the Monroe Street reconstruction to begin in spring 2018.


Barriques on Park Street Conditional Use

Barriques is applying for a conditional use permit to continue coffee roasting operations on-site. You can find their application and information here

  • Neighborhood Public Information Meeting, March 30 at 7pm
  • Plan Commission Hearing, Referring to September 19 at 5:30pm
    • The applicant and Bay Creek Neighborhood Planning & Economic Development Committee have requested referral from the May 23 meeting to September 19. This will allow time to install a new, larger catalyst in the existing afterburner and pursue modifications to the exhaust stack to further mitigate impacts on neighbors. The conditional use request to continue roasting will be evaluated and formally either permitted or denied in September.
    • My memo to the Plan Commission.
  • The Plan Commission denied the Conditional Use for limited production and processing. Barriques may, per current zoning, continue to roast on-site for the Park Street location only. The city has issued the requisite notice to Barriques to cease opearations of wholesale roasting within 30 days. There may be an extension granted, due to the work required to relocate, but staff and Barriques realize the importance to the neighborhood of moving the roasting offsite ASAP.

Here is some background information, as well as the formal channels for providing input to the Plan Commission (the decision making body for this application):

  • In the city's zoning codes, there are certain "permitted uses" and "conditional uses" of property based on the type of zoning district. Permitted uses may occur without special permission. Conditional uses require approval from the city's Plan Commission.
  • When the city adopted new zoning codes in 2012, much of Park Street, including Barriques, was zoned as a Traditional Shopping Street (TSS) district. This zoning did not include limited production and processing of food as either a permitted or conditional use. This oversight put many operating businesses in the TSS out of compliance with the zoning code. Barriques has been roasting on-site since they opened in April 2011.
  • In 2015, the city amended the code to allow for conditional small scale food production permits in the TSS. The information on this change can be found here.
  • In December 2015, Barriques notified me and the neighborhood association that they intended to file for such a conditional use permit to come into compliance with the zoning code. You can find their application and information on the city approval process here.
    • Comments to be included in the staff report should be sent to Tim Parks.
    • There will be a public hearing at the Plan Commission on September 19 prior to their deliberations on the application. Please attend and share your thoughts directly with the decision-makers.
  • This conditional use was placed on file (rejected) by the Plan Commission.

Sconnie Bar (Former Lucky's) at 1421 Regent Street

Sconnie Bar LLC, dba Sconnie Bar, is applying for a Class B Combination Liquor and Beer License and Entertainment License at 1421 Regent Street. This license will eventually replace the current Class B Combination Liquor and Beer License No. 76559-88479 held by Lucky's Madison LLC, dba Lucky's Bar & Grille.


1605 and 1609 Monroe Street 

This project is proposing a conditional use for a drive-thru lane bank lane, to move Associated Bank from up the street. Plans can be found here. Please let me know if you have comments on this proposal.

Additional Information:

  • Traffic Study, with additional attachment regarding bank drive-thru - correction to the additional attachment, Associated Bank had their drive-thru numbers reversed - 20% of total traffic at the bank per month are drive through, or 1,000 total over 20-24 week days and all Saturdays are half days. Less than the projections of the traffic study. 
  • Drive Up Plans, Rear View, Exit View, Associated Bank Corner View
  • Based on neighborhood feedback, updated plans to direct traffic back out to Oakland can be found here.

Conditional Use Dates:

  • Neighborhood Meeting (in cunjunction with the VNA Council Meeting), February 15 at 7pm, HotelRED
  • Second Neighborhood Meeting, March 16 at 7pm at HotelRED
  • Plan Commission, April 3 at 5:30pm - UPDATED - Plan Commission will refer this item to April 24


1603 pic

Gregg Shimanski is proposing the 1603-1609 Monroe Street redevelopment project, which will consist of demolition of the current office building at 1603-1605 Monroe Street and a residential rental house at 1609 Monroe Street. The proposed structure will include first floor retail/office/ commercial use; three floors of upscale residential apartment homes; and top floor of owner-occupied condominiums. Parking will be underground and consist of 1:1 ratio of parking for apartments, 2:1 parking condominiums, and 14 stalls of public parking. The anticipated time frame is to begin demolition and construction in early summer 2016 with completion in spring/summer 2017.

This project was approved on May 23, 2016. You can follow the construction progress here:

820 South Park Street 

This project has been approved.

Site Plan

Front View

Delaplaine view

Project Description: JT Klein Company, Inc. is proposing an affordable housing development adjacent to St. Mary's Hospital. The proposed development would include affordable housing for individuals, families and seniors in a multi-family building along S. Park Street, Delaplaine Court, S. Brooks Street and Haywood Drive. There would also be a small portion of market-rate apartments. 

Steering Committee: A group of neighbors from Greenbush and Bay Creek are serving on a project steering committee to delve into this and help provide in-depth input. This was the first presentation to the steering committee on the project, on 7/29/15. We will also host two full neighborhood meetings.

Neighborhood Meeting 1:

Traffic Impact Analysis

Neighborhood Meeting 2: November 5 at 6:30pm at Neighborhood House (29 South Mills Street)

Project Page on City Planning Website

This project was approved with conditions on January 19, 2016.


Wingra School: Design Drawings

This project has been approved.

Wingra School




Wingra School

Wingra School

101 S Mills St.

This project has been approved.

Link to the PDF version for easier viewing.

View my comments to Plan Commission here. 

101 S Mills St.



1313 Regent Street Site

1313 Regent Street Views


edgewood high school parking

Parking lot expansion concept.

DMNA Street reconstruction Schedule

Map linked here.

1004 & 1032 Park Street

This project was approved in 2015.

Pic 1

Pic 2

Please find an updated parking strategy to be proposed by the developer here.

New city review dates (click on the links for minutes/action taken):


3414 Monroe Street

This project has been approved.

Version 3

Patrick Corcoran is proposing an updated design that was shared with the neighborhood on 2/5. The new proposed building is 25,800 sf above ground, 10,000 sf below ground, includes 19 apartments (studio to 3-bedroom), 3,400sf of commercial space, 30 parking spaces (21 below ground), 25 bicycles spaces, 4 moped parking spaces, and a public dog watering station. The massing of the building as compared to the previous design is pulled back from the Arbor house, moving the removed mass to create a 4th floor stepped back on all sides. The materials are cedar, natural plaster, and masonry.

The project will go before the Plan Commission at a public hearing on 4/22 4:30PM at 215 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Room LL-110 (Madison Municipal Building)

Depending on the recommendation of the Plan Commission, it's likely to then go to the Common Council on 5/6 for the final public hearing and vote.




view from monroe

view from glenway

comparison of versions

comparison of version

view from monroe

view from monroe

roof plan

floor plans

floor plans

site plan


1414 S Park St

1414 S Park St is approved.




Madison taxi - 1403 Gilson St

Madison Taxi is approved.
Gilson St facade:

107 S Mills

107 S Mills is approved.

Longfellow School, 210 S Brooks

Longfellow School is approved.



St James Ct is approved.  


1902 Monroe St has been approved.
View from Harrison, across from Trader Joe's:

2620 Monroe St and 665 Knickerbocker

This is approved.

1129 S Park St - Gas station

The new gas station is complete.



1033 High St

This proposal for 1033 High St is approved.  It has 67 units and underground parking.  



Wingra shores 2nd building, 2628 Arbor dr

This proposal for 2628 Arbor Dr is approved.  36 units, underground parking. 


Back (toward Monroe St):


Lane's Bakery, 448 S Park St

This proposal to redevelop the Lane's Bakery site, 448 S Park St, is approved. This will be a 5-story, mixed use building. The first floor will have 6500 feet of retail space. The upper 4 floors will have 40 apartments.  There is underground parking.


Southeast, view from Park & Drake:


THE IDEAL, 502 s park st

The Ideal, at 502 S Park St, is complete.



Meriter Daycare, 201 S Mills St

Meriter's daycare building, at 201 S Mills St, is complete.





Beth Israel Center, 1406 Mound St, has proposed a major renovation and addition.  We had a neighborhood meeting and there was strong support for the proposal.  They hope to begin construction in summer 2014.


Wingra Clinic, 1102 S Park St

Wingra Clinic is completed.

      Wingra Clinic building