Alder Larry Palm
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
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Public Market and Emerson School Playground
The City of Madison Public Market Development Committee voted to approve a site plan, allowing the Madison Public Foundation to begin the process of fundraising. While there continues to be a discussion about the visual look of the Public Market, the current plan strongly continues on the previous planning process.
The site, at the corner of East Washington Avenue and First Street, continues to have about 50,000 square feet for the public market (both permanent and temporary spaces), a Food Innovation Center (which will include processing and aggregation facilities), an outdoor market plaza for food carts, vending and socializing. Currently, the plan includes underground parking below the entire site.
There is still much to do. The city still needs to negotiate with the property owner different aspects of the plan and formalize a letter of intent. In addition, the new Madison Public Market Foundation (which is anticipated to operate the future public market) will need to expand their board and begin the process of fundraising almost $6 million.
Things will be moving fairly quickly as more decisions are made. You can find out more information at www.madisonpublicmarket.org or on the city's website http://www.cityofmadison.com/dpced/economicdevelopment/madison-public-market/426
Emerson School Playground
For the past several years, the city and school district has been discussing improvements to the Emerson Elementary School playground. A few years ago, the Emerson East – Eken Park – Yahara (EEEPY) Neighborhood plan allocated some Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to support increased recreational opportunities for the community.
We were unable to conclude the discussions before spending the CDBG funding, however the city and school district have agreed to a joint use agreement for limited public access to the active use areas (and officially recognize as part of the Madison Parks system) and provide $55,000 of Park Division Neighborhood Parks Improvement funds to support improvements to the playground as part of the Neighborhood Plan.
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