Alder Larry Palm
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Food, Food, Food!
Food continues to be a hot topic in District 12. Quite a few developments are happing that revolve around either food production, distribution or consumption.
The owners of the Washington Plaza Shopping Center (at the corner of First Street and East Washington Ave) have approached the city about working collaborative to build a new building on the site with the first floor being the new Madison Public Market surrounded by mixed uses.
There would be several benefits to this arrangement:
- Public Market will no longer be contingent on the re-location of Fleet Services.
- Public Market design will be "custom built" and potentially cheaper as it is sometimes more expensive to fit into existing buildings.
- The city could still buy a portion (or condo) of the building similar to the Sequoia Library to reduce long-term expense.
- The city would still have the Fleet Services building and site to redevelop.
A resolution has been introduced and will be discussed by the Local Food Committee, which meets the first Thursday of the month at 4:30pm at the Madison Municipal Building Room 300.
Willy Co-Op North
You might have heard the news yesterday that the Willy Street Co-Op voted "Yes" to locate a third site in the closing Pierce's in the Northside TownCenter.
Having walked through the "Going Out of Business Sale" for Pierce's, it would be a great step backwards if there was not access to good quality, affordable food for Northside residents. A food source is a vital part of a strong community, and I hope that Willy North will be a cornerstone to these efforts.
Over the next few months, Willy staff will be seeking input from residents and potential customers as they establish the new store. Please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to provide any feedback.
The city has also made a loan to owners of the Northside Towne Center for improvements to the parking lot in advance of Willy North starting at this location.
Oscar Mayer Site Update
I have been informed that Kraft/Oscar Mayer will be seeing buyers until the end of May. If there are interested parties then they will meet with them and negotiate. If there are not interested parties, then my understanding is they will re-assess their options, including further discussions with the city. In accordance with the Mayor's previous statements, the City highly encourages the future re-use of the site to primarily be employment with reuse of existing facilities.
I will continue to provide updates as new information is made available.
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