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Alder Sara Eskrich

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Madison , WI 53711

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8.30.15 Update
Posted August 30, 2015 at 2:52 PM

Greetings Neighbors –

Please link to the read the full update on projects, events, and Council business.

Updates on in-district projects:

 

  • Project at 820 Park Street: J.T. Klein Company is proposing an affordable housing development on the block bounded by Delaplaine, S. Brooks, Haywood, and South Park Streets – including market rate, low-income, and senior housing.
    • Neighborhood Meeting: Thursday, September 10, from 6:30-8:30pm at Bolz Auditorium, Meriter Hospital Education Center (McConnell Building) at 124 S. Brooks Street.
    • The development team hopes to submit their application to the city on October 7, to trigger the formal city review process and meet the January 31 deadline for the WHEDA tax credit application.

 

  • Double S BBQ: The owners of the Double S BBQ at 1835 Monroe Street have notified me, city staff, and the neighborhood association of their intent to file an application for conditional use to approve an outdoor smoker/BBQ pit behind their restaurant. The soonest they could formally file an application with the city is September 2, which correlates to an October 19 Plan Commission meeting for formal city review and approval/disapproval.
    • I will be helping to organize a demonstration of the smoker/pit in the location that they hope to operate. We have gained city permission for a one-day demo, however, we need to wait until their kitchen is completed – so the date is still TBD. There will be formal, written notice of this public meeting/demonstration mailed to immediate neighbors and I will send the date in my update as soon as it is scheduled. It will be an opportunity to see what the owners are proposing and provide feedback.

 

  • 1906 Monroe Street/The Green Project: The development team intends to submit their proposal for a four story building this week. The updated plans are on my developments page.

 

  • Lucky's 1313 Brew Pub and Banquet Facility: I held a public meeting on this 25-unit apartment development project and proposed alcohol license for the Brew Pub in June. The applicant, Rod Ripper (current manager of Lucky's Bar and Grille), intends to appear for approval of the class B liquor license at the Alcohol License Review Committee meeting on September 16 and has submitted plans for the conditional use approvals to go before the Plan Commission on September 21. Please email me any questions or concerns.

 

 

  • Weeds in Monona Bay: Apologies to all regarding the weed cutting situation in Monona Bay. The City and County staff are working together to try to resolve the access issues for the weed cutters in the main part of Monona Bay – as to not block the bike path when loading/unloading weeds. I am working with County Supervisors and staff to be sure that access is planned and complete well-before the weed cutting is needed again next season.

 

 

Highlighted City Business:

 

  • Judge Doyle Square: Many of you have contacted about the current negotiations and final development agreement with JDS Development for their proposal with Exact Sciences at Judge Doyle Square. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. The Council will be voting on this item at our Tuesday evening meeting. This is a public hearing, where you are welcome to come testify. At the Board of Estimates meeting, I voted to recommend approval of the development agreement pending satisfactory resolution of five important issues, including more information on the TIF jobs grant and other questions presented by our city TIF coordinator. While I believe that the opportunity to bring a biotech firm like Exact Sciences downtown is a great opportunity for our city, I still need to be convinced that the investments of our city funding is necessary and setting appropriate policy precedent before I can vote to support the agreement on Tuesday night. I will keep you informed about my final vote and rationale after Tuesday's Council meeting.  

 

Other in-district events:

  • Alliant Energy Center Events
  • The Madison Area Transportation Planning Board's draft Bicycle Transportation Plan for the Madison Metropolitan Area & Dane County and draft Public Participation Plan, are now available for review and comment. Click here for more information on the bicycle plan, including ways to provide feedback, and to view the draft plan report. Click here to view the draft public participation plan. A public hearing on the draft public participation plan is scheduled for the Board's Wednesday, September 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the City-County Building, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Room 354.
  • 9/7 Safe Harbor's Labor Day Dash at Vilas Park
  • 9/13 Dog Paddle
  • 9/15 and 9/16 UW Master Plan Public Open Houses: The consultant team will be presenting their analysis information as well as the framework plan which will guide alternative development of the 2015 Master Plan Update. Attendees will have an opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions of the consultant team.  Refreshments will be provided.
    • September 15, 2015 7-9PM, Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC) Room 1325
    • September 16, 2015 7-9PM, Gordon Commons, Sonata Room
  • 9/19 Edgewood Hosting Game Day Tailgate from 11am-2pm (same day as Badger Game)
  • 9/29 - 10/3 World Dairy Expo at Alliant Energy Center
  • 10/7 at 5pm: Madison Policy Department Community Corral (Police Horses) at Midland Park, 1005 Midland Street
  • 10/10 Monroe Street Festival
  • 10/10: Aruna 5K Run for their Freedom at Vilas Park
  • 10/24 from 8am-12pm: Mayor's Neighborhood Roundtable, Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Drive
  • MG&E Community Conversations: Please check out their webpage and take part in our community's energy future!

Congrats to St. James School on the opening of their new Early Care and Education program. They had a great ribbon cutting event this past week. And best wishes for a great school year to all students, parents, and teachers in Madison!

St. James Ribbon Cutting
St. James Ribbon Cutting Event

It's a pleasure to serve you! Please stay in touch.

Thanks,

Sara

 

8/3/15 Updates
Posted August 3, 2015 at 4:43 PM

Greetings Neighbors –

Please link to the read the full update on projects, events, and Council business.

 

Updates on in-district projects:

 

  • Project at 820 Park Street: J.T. Klein Company is proposing an affordable housing development on the block bounded by Delaplaine, S. Brooks, Haywood, and South Park Streets – including market rate, low-income, and senior housing. There will be robust opportunities for public input in coming months. A project steering committee of neighborhood residents has been convened to help guide the process and provide feedback. This will not replace the public meetings related to the project, but Urban Assets has been hired to convene this group for more robust feedback from the Greenbush and Bay Creek Neighborhood Association. If anyone wants to attend these meetings, as they are open to anyone, please contact Zia at Urban Assets.  I will be participating in this Steering Committee.
    • The development team hopes to submit their application to the city on October 7, to trigger the formal city review process and meet the January 31 deadline for the WHEDA tax credit application.

 

  • Double S BBQ: The owners of the Double S BBQ at 1835 Monroe Street have notified me, city staff, and the neighborhood association of their intent to file an application for conditional use to approve an outdoor smoker/BBQ pit behind their restaurant. The soonest they could formally file an application with the city is September 2, which correlates to an October 19 Plan Commission meeting for formal city review and approval/disapproval.
    • I will be helping to organize a demonstration of the smoker/pit in the location that they hope to operate. We have gained city permission for a one-day demo that will take place in September. There will be formal, written notice of this public meeting/demonstration mailed to immediate neighbors and I will send the date in my update as soon as it is scheduled. It will be an opportunity to see what the owners are proposing and provide feedback.

 

  • 1906 Monroe Street/The Green Project: The development team is currently working on their proposal and they will keep me updated on the plans. I will share when they are updated. The overall concept remains the same, in terms of participating businesses, as originally proposed.

 

  • 101 South Mills: This project was approved by the Plan Commission on 7/27. In response to neighborhood and city Traffic Engineering concerns, tenants will not be eligible for RP3 permits for on-street parking.

 

  • Lucky's 1313 Brew Pub and Banquet Facility: I held a public meeting on this 25-unit apartment development project and proposed alcohol license for the Brew Pub in June. The applicant, Rod Ripper (current manager of Lucky's Bar and Grille), intends to appear for approval of the class B liquor license at the Alcohol License Review Committee meeting on August 19. Please email me any questions or concerns for the applicant.

 

 

Highlighted City Business:

 

  • Judge Doyle Square: The Common Council authorized the city team to begin negotiations with JDS Development/Exact Sciences regarding their proposal for Judge Doyle Square. A development agreement has been signed. It will come to the council for approval after further issues are worked out by September 1. This website provides updates and includes a link to all proposals.

 

  • Homelessness and the Downtown: Many of you may have seen news reports regarding the Mayor's proposal to limit time spent on city benches/sidewalks in the downtown. A group of Alders and some business representatives had a productive conversation with the Mayor about this proposal on Friday afternoon. We discussed one key concern I have at this meeting; that this ordinance does not address the root cause of the Mayor and many resident's concerns regarding some behaviors downtown. The ordinance does not provide housing or supportive services to individuals experiencing homelessness, mental health, and substance abuse issues. This is an issue that we must work collaboratively with Dane County on addressing- we cannot have wait lists for human services and opening day shelter is only part of the solution. I am in favor of expecting and enforcing respectful, lawful, and safe behavior in our city. However, I am not in favor of penalizing individuals for being on the streets when we do not have alternatives to offer them, in the form of supportive services to help them get back on their feet. We need to call on all partners, including the city, county, business community, and service providers, to come together to solve the root causes - and we must do so with haste. It's already been far too long. I'm getting involved in ensuring that this collaboration happens.

 

 

Other in-district events:

  • Alliant Energy Center Events
  • 8/3 – 8/13 Community Walks, 12-1pm: Meet at the South Madison Public Library (Goodman) to take an informational lunchtime walk around Park Street to discuss the history and talk about the future. Questions can be sent to Tom Pearce.
  • 8/5 Our Lady Queen of Peace, 6-7:30pm: Community Meeting on the Design of the Midtown Police Station
  • 8/8 South Campus Madison College Open House, 10am-2pm
  • August Moving Days: City Streets has information on this annual event on their website, with great resources for donation stations.
  • 8/16/15 DMNA Nature and History Trail Event, 6-8pm: Start at either Dudgeon Monroe Prairie at Odana or Prospect Ramp Gardens
  • 9/13 Dog Paddle
  • The Madison Area Transportation Planning Board's draft Bicycle Transportation Plan for the Madison Metropolitan Area & Dane County and draft Public Participation Plan, are now available for review and comment. Click here for more information on the bicycle plan, including ways to provide feedback, and to view the draft plan report. Click here to view the draft public participation plan. A public hearing on the draft bicycle plan is scheduled for the MPO Board's Wednesday, August 5 meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Madison Water Utility, 119 E. Olin Avenue, Room A-B. Depending upon comments received prior to and at the August 5 hearing, the MPO Board may take action on the plan at the August meeting. A public hearing on the draft public participation plan is scheduled for the Board's Wednesday, September 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the City-County Building, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Room 354. Depending upon comments received prior to and at the September 2 hearing, the MPO Board may take action on the public participation plan at the September meeting.

 

It's a pleasure to serve you! Please stay in touch.

Thanks,

Sara

7/18 Updates
Posted July 18, 2015 at 3:55 PM

Greetings Neighbors –

Please link to the read the full update on projects, events, and Council business.

 

Updates on in-district projects:

  • Project at 820 Park Street: There will be a new development proposal for the blocks of Delaplaine, Brooks, Haywood, and South Park Streets – including low-income and senior housing. There will be robust opportunities for public input in coming months. A project steering committee of neighborhood residents is being convened. Please let me know if you are interested in serving.

 

  • Street Reconstruction Update: I have been receiving questions from neighbors in the Dudgeon Monroe Neighborhood about pavement marking on streets. I met with City Engineering staff this week to get an update on their process. The areas that are being considered for reconstruction in future years are being surveyed now – that's the marking you're seeing. You can find the DMNA schedule map here.
    • When this construction season winds down, engineering staff will look at street survey results and make a recommended plan for reconstruction for streets scheduled in 2016. Those plans will be reviewed with residents for feedback in a neighborhood public information meeting – I will notify you of those here and you will receive a mailing if you live on an affected street. If you have particular questions about streets affected, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or Christy Bachmann in engineering.
    • Spruce Street residents should have been notified by mail, but reconstruction has been pushed back to spring 2016 due to bidding timelines and contractor schedules. Here is a copy of the notice.

 

  • 101 South Mills: This project will be before the Plan Commission on Monday, July 27th. The updated plans are on my development website. The development team is looking for support of RP3 permits for this location – this means that tenants would be eligible for residential parking stickers. Please let me know if you have reactions to this project generally or to this specific request for residential parking permits. I have also asked City Traffic Engineering make a recommendation regarding RP3 permits.

 

  • 1906 Monroe Street/The Green Project: A neighborhood meeting was held with about 30 people on Thursday evening. The development team plans will be on my site ASAP. This project includes: 1st floor Underground Food Collective, 2nd floor The Fit, 3rd floor The Fit/The Knight Foundation, and 4th floor set-back apartments. They are aiming for a Plan Commission date the week of September 19th. Please email me your questions/concerns and I will share them with the development team.

 

  • Brittingham Park: Parks staff provided this lengthy update:
  • The Brittingham Park playground replacement project has included a lengthy public meeting process beginning back in November with our first meeting at the city's Water Utility Building.  This meeting had just 4 attendees, which was surprising given that we worked with both Alder Verveer and Alder Dailey to schedule and promote the meeting in addition to mailing over 4300 postcards to residents within a 1-mile radius of the park.   At that meeting, we presented information regarding the proposed improvements at Brittingham Park playgrounds – to expand the play area at Brittingham Beach (where the boat rental operation is located) and provide what would be Madison's first fully accessible playground in the main park area.  At this meeting we discussed what would be our standard playground options for the Beach Park location and explained how the fully accessible playground would differ in both equipment type and surfacing.  Feedback that we received from attendees at this meeting included a strong preference for holding subsequent meetings at a location within the Triangle Neighborhood so that residents there would have easier access to the meetings, providing interpretive services in Hmong and Spanish languages and expanding our meeting notification outreach to attract more attendees.
  • Our second meeting, in January 2015, was held at the Bayview Center and had at least 27 people attend per the sign-in sheet.  We worked with the Bayview Center to help promote the meeting and met in advance with Andy Heidt, who recommended physical flyer locations within the Triangle and also recommended contacting Officer Kim Alan and Sally Spaeni to assist with posting them in the lobbies of surrounding buildings.  Additionally, we worked with Jason Glozier, the city's Disability Rights Specialist, to conduct a site visit to the park and discuss the Disability Pride event at Brittingham and gaps in accessible playground offerings in the area.  At this meeting a vote was held for the equipment to be installed at the Brittingham Beach location and the concept for the accessible playground area was presented.  Following the meeting discussion and subsequent communications we received via email and phone, Parks staff recognized that the attendees were interested in seeing a revised concept at the next meeting to discuss the project – particularly one which addressed the concerns of keeping the playground area away from the bike path and shoreline.  Additionally, it seemed that there was concern that a plan for the area where the main playground is currently located was called for – attendees did not want to see this area vacated after the playground equipment was removed.
  • At the 3rd meeting on April 20th, also held at the Bayview Center, we utilized the same approach for promoting the meeting but had just 8 attendees– although many more "regrets" from folks who knew that they would be unable to attend were very interested in receiving updates.  Several families associated with the Disability Pride event typically held at Brittingham Park were able to attend and they provided valuable insight on what works and what doesn't in accessible equipment. We also had many of the attendees from the original meeting at this last session so it was nice to see that continuity and ongoing commitment to the project from the neighborhood.  At this meeting, staff presented a revised concept for the accessible playground including a new location proximate to the parking lot off of W. Washington Avenue.  This concept (which is attached for your reference) includes significant changes to the layout of the current lot, offering the opportunity to open access between the east and west sides of the park while creating a space for the playground that provides visibility from the existing shelter in response to interest expressed at previous meetings to establishing site lines between the shelter and play area.  The revised concept also keeps the playground off of the commuter bike path and away from the shoreline.  We also presented a concept for the future of the current playground area next to the community gardens after the equipment is removed that will include earthen mounds, pea gravel, boulders and low-mow turf, offering an addition to the park landscape that would provide a different opportunity for play.  We received very positive feedback on the concepts at the meeting including requested changes and additions to the accessible equipment shown to the group (also attached) – primarily to make the offerings even more universally accessible, which we are working with the manufacturer on now.  The information from this meeting and the others that we have held to-date is up on our Parks website at: http://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/parks/park.cfm?id=1139.
  • After the third public meeting the Parks Division was contacted by representatives of Freedom Inc. regarding the proposed park improvements. The group's primary concern is the project's potential impact on minority families that live adjacent to the park. The Parks Division is currently working with the Department of Civil Rights and the Racial Equity and Social Justice Initiatives Team to begin the equity analysis process of this project as a whole.  More information regarding the project's next steps will be provided as the process continues; improvements to the playgrounds at Brittingham Park are on hold pending the outcome of this process.

 

Upcoming in-district meetings:

  • South Madison Planning Council: Monday 7/20 at 6pm: Village on Park St Community Room: Our presenter for Monday's meeting is Mary Solinger and Greg Banks. They will update us on Nehemiah's Field of Dream project located on the former car wash property. Bring your questions and comments regarding this project to the meeting. 

 

Highlighted City Business:

  • Judge Doyle Square: The Common Council authorized the city team to begin negotiations with JDS Development/Exact Sciences regarding their proposal for Judge Doyle Square. A development agreement has been signed. It will come to the council for approval after further issues are worked out by September 1. This website provides updates and includes a link to all proposals.

 

  • Capital Budget: The Board of Estimates (the City's finance committee on which I serve) has taken the time in a series of extra meetings to deep dive into the capital budget.  We understood at the end of 2014 the capital budget was inflated, too many projects that couldn't be completed because of time and money constraints.  The charge of the BOE was to unravel the budget by large projects and then make recommendations to the Mayor based on the BOE priorities on what to move out in years and/or taken beyond the years of the capital budget.  The capital budget is the plan for City spending on projects from streets to fire stations; it looks out 5 years. The BOE has finished our special meetings and has prioritized recommendations for continuing basic city services to the Mayor. There is more work to do this fall.  The Council is scheduled to receive the Mayor's capital budget for 2016 on September 1st. The work also positions the BOE to take on a new way of budgeting.  In January we are scheduled to start working on Priority Based Budgeting.  I am excited to begin this work. More to come on this update item!

 

  • Greenbush Vilas Partnership: The first loan of our Small Cap TIF program in the Greenbush neighborhood is being utilized! See information on the program here, and the loan resolution here.

 

Other in-district events:

  • Alliant Energy Center Events
  • 7/25 Brittingham Park: Disability Pride Festival
  • 7/25 Capital Square to Goodman Park for Pool Party, 6:30-9PM: Capital City 5K for Organ, Tissue, and Eye Donation 
  • 8/5 Our Lady Queen of Peace, 6-7:30pm: Community Meeting on the Design of the Midtown Police Station
  • The Madison Area Transportation Planning Board's draft Bicycle Transportation Plan for the Madison Metropolitan Area & Dane County and draft Public Participation Plan, are now available for review and comment. Click here for more information on the bicycle plan, including ways to provide feedback, and to view the draft plan report. Click here to view the draft public participation plan. A public hearing on the draft bicycle plan is scheduled for the MPO Board's Wednesday, August 5 meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Madison Water Utility, 119 E. Olin Avenue, Room A-B. Depending upon comments received prior to and at the August 5 hearing, the MPO Board may take action on the plan at the August meeting. A public hearing on the draft public participation plan is scheduled for the Board's Wednesday, September 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the City-County Building, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Room 354. Depending upon comments received prior to and at the September 2 hearing, the MPO Board may take action on the public participation plan at the September meeting.

 

It's a pleasure to serve you! Please stay in touch.

Thanks,

Sara

 

Reminder Thursday Evening: The Green Project Informational Mtg
Posted July 15, 2015 at 7:45 PM

Neighborhood Meeting

Thursday, July 16th at 7pm at HotelRED 

From the development team, "It is the intention of The Green Project to build a state of the art construction at 1906 Monroe Street.  The project will combine the best of current green technology, materials reclaimed from the deconstruction of the current building and an innovative schematic design into a building that houses two great business, a foundation with a sustainability mission and three high-end neighborhood residences.  Although the footprint will be small and the building will only encompass 12,000 square ft., we plan to replace what is currently an easy to miss building and plot of land with a more noticeable and appropriate building for the location. The building will have commercial space for current Monroe Street entities, the Knight Foundation, and The Fit.  It will also house a lunch counter/ butcher / bakery proposed by the underground food collective.   The apartments will be comfortable fourth floor dwelling with sett backs that overlook Monroe St. and the adjacent commercial space."

Please join us tomorrow night to learn more.

7/1/15 Updates (Many Updates!)
Posted July 1, 2015 at 10:41 PM

Greetings Neighbors –

Please link to the read the full update on projects, events, and Council business.

Updates on in-district projects:

  • Regent Street Road Work: Capitol Underground will replace mainline sanitary sewer on Regent Street between Monroe Street and Randall Street.  The work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. on Monday, July 6th, and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 12th. 
    • During this time, both directions of traffic will be in the existing westbound lanes of Regent Street.  As this will cause significant travel time delays especially during the morning and afternoon rush hours, drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes.
  • Wingra Point II: The Council approved this project with a multitude of conditions. You can find detailed comments on the ways that the conditions accommodated requests and concerns of the neighborhood on my development page, along with a copy of my email to Bay Creek post-approval.
  • Rockhound Brewing Company: The city approved a liquor license for the commercial space in the former Lane's Bakery building on South Park Street. This brewpub is anticipated to open in early 2016.
  • Olin Park and Brittingham Park: Parks staff have not had the capacity to initiate future planning this year for Olin Park. I will post updates as we have them on this comprehensive process as it begins. Brittingham play structure improvements have been put on hold while an equity analysis is done about uses in the park – including the current play structures by the community gardens and the desire to locate a fully-accessible playground in the downtown.
  • Project at 820 Park Street: There will be a new development proposal for the blocks of Delaplaine, Brooks, Haywood, and South Park Streets – including low-income and senior housing. There will be robust opportunities for public input in coming months.
  • Pilot Dogs in Wingra Park Program: City Parks Staff is moving forward a pilot program until April 15, 2016, to evaluate and inform future policy decisions about policy around dogs in city parks. Wingra is the only D13 park on the pilot list (survey results showed that 82% of people who took the survey selected Wingra as a park most of interest for the pilot). Dogs will only be allowed on-leash in designated areas (paved trails or within six feet of them). There will be a communications, signing, and monitoring plan from the Parks operations staff team prior to implementation.
    • The plan is to have the pilot program introduced at the Council meeting on 7/7, reviewed at the Board of Parks Commissioners meeting on 7/15, and then come back to Council with a recommendation on 7/21.  If you have comments, please share them with me and let me know if you would like me to share them with the Board of Parks Commissioners.
  • Edgewood High School Parking Lot: The Edgewood Liaison committee has been discussing parking concerns in the Dudgeon Monroe Neighborhood, brought by residents on Keyes Ave. The High Schools has responded with a plan to add 50-60 spaces (about half of which are currently approved in their master plan). Further developed plans will be reviewed by the liaison committee and then go to the neighborhoods and city for approval of a master plan amendment to build the extra spots. We are hopeful that this process will be resolved this summer while construction is already happening at Edgewood. (Updates on that work at edgewood.edu/construction.)  
  • Street Reconstruction Update DMNA: I have been receiving questions from neighbors in the Dudgeon Monroe Neighborhood about pavement marking on streets. I will be meeting with Traffic Engineering for a full update on street reconstruction planning in D13 in the next few weeks and will provide further updates or neighborhood meetings as needed. For now, you can find the DMNA schedule map here.

 

Upcoming in-district meetings:

  • Upcoming Public Meetings on Water Quality Improvement Initiatives for Lake Wingra Watershed: The Lake Wingra Watershed in collaboration with Friends of Lake Wingra have developed initiatives to improve water quality in Lake Wingra. Efforts include: reducing the amount of phosphorus reaching the lake; reducing road salt reaching the lake; and increasing opportunities for rainwater infiltration. Public meetings will be held to discuss the initiatives and solicit feedback. Info here.
    • Tuesday, 7/14, 6:30 to 8 p.m., UW-Madison Arboretum, Visitor Center-Auditorium
  • The Green Project: July 16th at 7pm at HotelRED: From the team, "It is the intention of The Green Project to build a state of the art construction at 1906 Monroe Street.  The project will combine the best of current green technology, materials reclaimed from the deconstruction of the current building and an innovative schematic design into a building that houses two great business, a foundation with a sustainability mission and three high-end neighborhood residences.  Although the footprint will be small and the building will only encompass 12,000 square ft., we plan to replace what is currently an easy to miss building and plot of land with a more noticeable and appropriate building for the location. The building will have commercial space for current Monroe Street entities, the Knight Foundation, and The Fit.  It will also house a lunch counter/ butcher / bakery proposed by the underground food collective.   The apartments will be comfortable fourth floor dwelling with sett backs that overlook Monroe St. and the adjacent commercial space." Please join us in July to learn more.

 

Highlighted City Business:

  • Billboards: After much discussion last session, the Mayor and Alder Schmidt have introduced a revised billboard "cap and replace" ordinance to allow existing billboards to be removed for the purposes of redevelopment and replaced on another site. New advertising signs are still prohibited by ordinance in the city of Madison.
  • Judge Doyle Square: The Common Council authorized the city team to begin negotiations with JDS Development/Exact Sciences regarding their proposal for Judge Doyle Square. This website provides updates and includes a link to all proposals.
  • Capital Budget: As a member of the Board of Estimates (the city budget committee), our board is undergoing a comprehensive review of the Capital Improvement Plan to work on sustainability and realistic expectations for our capital budget into the future. We will be formulating recommendations to the Mayor and city staff prior to the normal BOE and Council approval process in the fall.
  • Metro Audible Alerts: Will be discontinued as staff identify alternative methods to ensure safety. Their press release explains in more detail.

 

Other in-district events:

It's a pleasure to serve you! Please stay in touch and have a safe and enjoyable Independence Day!

Thanks,

Sara

6/14 Update
Posted June 14, 2015 at 2:38 PM

Greetings Neighbors –

Please link to the read the full update on projects, events, and Council business.

A few updates on in-district projects:

  • Wingra Point II: The most updated plans are now on the Development page of the District 13 website. These were updated and presented to the Urban Design Commission on 5/20, where they received initial approval. They will have to return to UDC for final approval. The Plan Commission unanimously recommended approval of this project to the Council, with conditions. My comments for the Plan Commission can be found here, and my comments to colleagues on the Council can be found here, along with the survey results summary and neighborhood advisory paper. Then the final approval vote will take place at the Common Council meeting on Tuesday evening 6/16. Public comment will be accepted, but are limited to 3 minutes. You can send comments to all alders in advance at allalders@cityofmadison.com
  • Rockhound Brewing Company: A public information meeting was held for Rockhound Brewing Company at 444 South Park Street (Lane's Bakery Site) on 6/4 with many neighbors present. The applicant anticipates opening in December or January. They will be before the ALRC on 6/17, where there will be a public hearing on the new alcohol license. You can send comments to licensing@cityofmadison.com for inclusion in the ALRC packet. The applicant has provided this information sheet for your reference.

Upcoming in-district meetings:

  • 1313 Regent Street: Monday, June 15th at 6:30pm at 1313 Regent Street, Foreign Car Specialists site: This public meeting will introduce plans to redevelop the current Foreign Car Specialists site into Lucky's 1313 Brew Pub and banquet facility. The applicant is also proposing to redevelop the parking lot into a 25 unit apartment building facing Bowen Court. This is an early meeting on these plans, as they will require multiple city permit, including conditional use approvals and a liquor license. Please join us to learn more.
  • Upcoming Public Meetings on Water Quality Improvement Initiatives for Lake Wingra Watershed: The Lake Wingra Watershed in collaboration with Friends of Lake Wingra have developed initiatives to improve water quality in Lake Wingra. Efforts include: reducing the amount of phosphorus reaching the lake; reducing road salt reaching the lake; and increasing opportunities for rainwater infiltration. Two public meetings will be held to discuss the initiatives and solicit feedback. Info here.
    • Wednesday, 6/24, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Sequoya Library, Rooms A&B
    • Tuesday, 7/14, 6:30 to 8 p.m., UW-Madison Arboretum, Visitor Center-Auditorium
  • The Green Project: July 17th at 7pm at HotelRED: From the team, "It is the intention of The Green Project to build a state of the art construction at 1906 Monroe Street.  The project will combine the best of current green technology, materials reclaimed from the deconstruction of the current building and an innovative schematic design into a building that houses two great business, a foundation with a sustainability mission and three high-end neighborhood residences.  Although the footprint will be small and the building will only encompass 12,000 square ft., we plan to replace what is currently an easy to miss building and plot of land with a more noticeable and appropriate building for the location. The building will have commercial space for current Monroe Street entities, the Knight Foundation, and The Fit.  It will also house a lunch counter/ butcher / bakery proposed by the underground food collective.   The apartments will be comfortable fourth floor dwelling with sett backs that overlook Monroe St. and the adjacent commercial space." Please join us in July to learn more.

Highlighted City Business:

  • Billboards: After much discussion last session, the Mayor and Alder Schmidt have introduced a revised billboard "cap and replace" ordinance to allow existing billboards to be removed for the purposes of redevelopment and replaced on another site. New advertising signs are still prohibited by ordinance in the city of Madison.
  • Judge Doyle Square: The Common Council authorized the city team to begin negotiations with JDS Development/Exact Sciences regarding their proposal for Judge Doyle Square. This website provides updates and includes a link to all proposals.

Announcements:

  • Common Council Presentation on the Transportation Improvement Plan: Tuesday 6/16 at 5:30pm in Council Chambers (Rm 201 City-County Building). Agenda here.
  • Bicycle Transportation Plan: The Madison Area Transportation Planning Board is updating the bicycling transportation plan. The survey and dates for meetings can be found here.
  • Madison Economic Strategy: Public input meetings on 6/10 at the Villager on Park Street and 6/15 at the Warner Park Community Center. Info here.
  • Chief Koval Community Forums: June quarterly forums. Info here.
  • Romnes: Congratulations to the residents of Romnes for being recognized by the CDA as an official resident association, providing access to HUD Resident Participation funds.

Other in-district events:

It's a pleasure to serve you! Please stay in touch.

Thanks,

Sara

6.7.15 Update
Posted June 7, 2015 at 2:45 PM

Greetings Neighbors –

A few updates on in-district projects:

  • Double S BBQ: As mentioned in my last update, the ALRC approved a beer and wine license for Double S BBQ at 1835 Monroe Street. Due to the great concerns of neighbors concerning the original intent of the restaurant to cook outdoors behind the restaurant with a smoker, the approval at ALRC included a condition that prohibits outdoor smoking on the premises. Note that the process for outdoor cooking requires a conditional use zoning amendment, regardless of the action at ALRC. The applicant has not initiated this process at this point, if that happens we will hold subsequent meetings and I will notify the email lists right away.
    • The applicants have agreed to hold a neighborhood meeting to check-in on operations three months after opening. I will work with them to arrange this. They currently expect to open in mid-July.
  • Wingra Point II: The most updated plans are now on the Development page of the District 13 website. These were updated and presented to the Urban Design Commission on 5/20, where they received initial approval. They will have to return to UDC for final approval. Meanwhile, Plan Commission will review this project on 6/8 at 5:30pm in Room 201 of the City-County Building. My comments for the Plan Commission can be found here, along with the survey results summary and neighborhood advisory paper. Then the final approval will take place at the Common Council meeting on 6/16.
  • Rockhound Brewing Company: A public information meeting was held for Rockhound Brewing Company at 444 South Park Street (Lane's Bakery Site) on 6/4 with many neighbors present. The applicant anticipates opening in December or January. They will be before the ALRC on 6/17, where there will be a public hearing on the new alcohol license. You can send comments to licensing@cityofmadison.com for inclusion in the ALRC packet. The applicant has provided this information sheet for your reference.

Upcoming in-district meetings:

  • 101 S. Mills: Thursday, June 11th at 7pm at Arboretum Co-Housing at 1137 Erin Street: The public meeting on the plans for a proposed four-unit multi-family building will be reviewed. As soon as I have updated plans, I'll post them on the development page of the District 13 website.
  • 1313 Regent Street: Monday, June 15th at 6:30pm at 1313 Regent Street, Foreign Car Specialists site: This public meeting will introduce plans to redevelop the current Foreign Car Specialists site into Lucky's 1313 Brew Pub and banquet facility. The applicant is also proposing to redevelop the parking lot into a 25 unit apartment building facing Bowen Court. This is an early meeting on these plans, as they will require multiple city permit, including conditional use approvals and a liquor license. Please join us to learn more.

Highlighted City Business:

  • Homelessness as a Protected Class: After review by the Equal Opportunities Commission, the Council unanimously passed a resolution that added homelessness as a protected class in the areas of employment, housing, and public accommodations.
  • Billboards: After much discussion last session, the Mayor and Alder Schmidt have introduced a revised billboard "cap and replace" ordinance to allow existing billboards to be removed for the purposes of redevelopment and replaced on another site. New advertising signs are still prohibited by ordinance in the city of Madison.
  • Officer Involved Shooting: The Common Council passed a resolution "declaring intent to review policies, procedures, culture and training of the Madison Police Department..." I was a sponsor of this resolution because I believe that it is important that the city does what it can to continuously be sure that we are the best city we can be – this includes this first step in response to the tragic death of Tony Robinson. The resolution includes the appointment of an ad-hoc citizen committee. If you are interested, please review the resolution regarding membership of this ad-hoc committee and let me know directly if you have suggestions of individuals who would be well-situated to serve our city in this capacity.
  • Judge Doyle Square: The Common Council authorized the city team to begin negotiations with JDS Development/Exact Sciences regarding their proposal for Judge Doyle Square. This website provides updates and includes a link to all proposals.

Announcements:

  • Bus Audible Alerts: 6/10 at 5pm, Transit and Parking Committee: The committee will be taking up an item I have heard about from residents – the noise alerts/beeping of the Madison Metro Busses. The agenda is here, and the committee will be taking public comment. Please feel free to email me directly if you have any feedback on this item that I can share with members.
  • Bicycle Transportation Plan: The Madison Area Transportation Planning Board is updating the bicycling transportation plan. The survey and dates for meetings can be found here.
  • Madison Recycling Program Expanded: Now including cardboard sided cans and metal bottle caps. Details here.
  • Madison Economic Strategy: Public input meetings on 6/10 at the Villager on Park Street and 6/15 at the Warner Park Community Center. Info here.
  • Chief Koval Community Forums: June quarterly forums. Info here.

Other in-district events:

It's a pleasure to serve you! Please stay in touch.

Thanks,

Sara

5/26 Updates
Posted May 26, 2015 at 9:47 PM

Greetings Neighbors –

It has been a busy past few weeks on the Common Council.

A few updates on in-district projects:

  • Double S BBQ: The ALRC approved a beer and wine license for Double S BBQ at 1835 Monroe Street. Due to the great concerns of neighbors concerning the original intent of the restaurant to cook outdoors behind the restaurant with a smoker, the approval at ALRC included a condition that prohibits outdoor smoking on the premises. Note that the process for outdoor cooking requires a conditional use zoning amendment, regardless of the action at ALRC. The applicant has not initiated this process at this point, if that happens we will hold subsequent meetings and I will notify the email lists right away. The beer/wine license approval also included the following conditions: limit hours of operations to closing at 9pm Sunday-Thursday and 10pm Fri/Sat.; food will be served during all hours of operation; parking plan should include promotion via social media and business internal signage of off-street public parking structures; deliveries will abide by city standards; and no outdoor smoker.
    • The applicants have agreed to hold a neighborhood meeting to check-in on operations three months after opening. I will work with them to arrange this. They currently expect to open in mid-July.
  • Wingra Point II: The most updated plans are now on the Development page of the District 13 website. These were updated and presented to the Urban Design Commission on 5/20, where they received initial approval. They will have to return to UDC for final approval. Meanwhile, Plan Commission will review this project on 6/8 at 5:30pm in Room 201 of the City-County Building.
  • Bernies Beach Playground Improvements: New play equipment will be installed starting in late July, with completion around 10/15/2015. Non-construction areas will still be available for resident usage.

Upcoming in-district meetings:

  • Edgewood Regina Hall Expansion: Wednesday, May 27th at 6pm in Edgewood's Predolin Humanities Center in Room 115A: The college will preview their upcoming construction in Regina Residence Hall. They will also maintain a construction e-newsletter at www.edgewood.edu/construction.
  • Open House Greenbush Housing Renovation Program: Thursday, May 28th from 7-9pm at HotelRED: Come hear and ask questions about a program that helps people buy and renovate homes in the Greenbush Neighborhood. More on the website here.
  • Rockhound Brewing Company: Thursday, June 4th at 6:30pm at Arboretum Co-Housing at 1137 Erin Street: A proposed brewpub at 444 S Park St - the corner of Park and Drake formerly occupied by Lane's Bakery - is applying for a class B beer and liquor alcohol license. The owner, Greenbush neighborhood resident Nate Warnke, will be on hand to discuss the proposed business and answer questions. The applicant goes before the Alcohol License Review Committee on June 17th, at 5:30 pm, rm 201 in the City-County Building.
  • 101 S. Mills: Thursday, June 11th at 7pm at the Village Co-Housing at the corner of Mound and Mills: The public meeting on the plans for a proposed four-unit multi-family building will be reviewed. As soon as I have updated plans, I'll post them on the development page of the District 13 website.

 

Highlighted City Business:

  • Officer Involved Shooting: The Common Council passed a resolution "declaring intent to review policies, procedures, culture and training of the Madison Police Department..." I was a sponsor of this resolution because I believe that it is important that the city does what it can to continuously be sure that we are the best city we can be – this includes this first step in response to the tragic death of Tony Robinson. The resolution includes the appointment of an ad-hoc citizen committee. If you are interested, please review the resolution regarding membership of this ad-hoc committee and let me know directly if you have suggestions of individuals who would be well-situated to serve our city in this capacity.
  • Judge Doyle Square: The Common Council authorized the city team to begin negotiations with JDS Development/Exact Sciences regarding their proposal for Judge Doyle Square. This website provides updates and includes a link to all proposals.
  • TID 33 Affordable Housing: A closer to home project, the Tax Increment District (TID) that contains Trader Joe's is expected to fully repay the increment to the city in 2015. Due to an option, the city will continue to collect increments for one additional year to dedicate that funding to affordable housing. The Community Development Division considers this to be a very successful TID for the city.

 

Other in-district events:

 

It's a pleasure to serve you! Please stay in touch.

Thanks,

Sara

A Few Updates
Posted May 19, 2015 at 11:06 PM

Neighbors –

A few quick updates:

  • Small Cap TIF Open House Date Updated: Now Thursday, May 28th from 7-9pm at HotelRED.
  • Mattress and Box Spring Recycling is back. Details linked here.
  • Flower Pot Recycling and On Line Plant Exchange. Details linked here.
  • FYI – Planning & Community & Economic Development Newsletter.
  • Last May FOOT Free Concert at Olin-Turville Park May 26th at 6pm.
  • Please take the 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment survey.

Thanks!

Sara

Double S BBQ Update
Posted May 16, 2015 at 12:57 PM

Neighbors –

There has been a lot of discussion regarding the new BBQ restaurant on Monroe Street. Please see below for updates on process:

  • Alcohol License: As noted in my previous email, the applicants will be going before the Alcohol License Review Committee (ALRC) to request a beer and wine license on Wednesday, May 20 at 5:30pm in room 201 of the City-County Building. This will include a formal public hearing with 3 minutes for comment. You can also send written comments to the committee at licensing@cityofmadison.com.
    • The purview of the ALRC is: Madison General Ordinance Sec. 33.02 - Guiding Values: Fair, Consistent, Proactive, Balanced, Cooperative, Efficient, Preventative, Inclusive, Deliberative. Mission: Serve city's residents, businesses & visitors by thoroughly & conscientiously reviewing license applications, establishing & maintaining standards, addressing violations, developing alcohol-related policies & making recommendations to the Common Council. Goals: Promote responsible alcohol-selling -serving practices; enhance public safety & quality of life; consistently apply pertinent laws & conditions; educate citizenry/business community about the ALRC mission & processes; modernize existing business & governmental systems and reduce expenditures on alcohol-related issues; improve overall service delivery.
    • The applicant could open and operate after health department approval of their restaurant operations, as they are zoned TSS. However, they will not be able to cook outside without a conditional use permit or serve alcohol without a license.

 

  • Conditional Use Permit for Outdoor Cooking Smoker: Much of the concerns being raised have to do with the applicant's plan to smoke meat in the alley behind the restaurant space in a ~20ft traditional Texas BBQ wood-fired smoker. The video showing this in operation is linked here. City staff has advised that this will require further permitting and approval through a conditional use zoning process.
    • The applicant will need to provide 30 day notice to myself and the neighborhood association president of their intent to pursue a conditional use. They intend to do this soon.
    • I will help the applicant to organize a demonstration of the smoker, hopefully in the alley behind Monroe Street as a publicly noticed meeting. Neighbors will be able to come see this in action and ask questions/share any concerns.
    • The Plan Commission will have to review the conditional use permit request. This will include a formal public hearing with 3 minutes for individual public comments. Neighbors within 200 feet of the restaurant will be noticed with postcards. I'll send reminder emails as well when this date is set.
      • City staff will review the applicant's plans and advise the Plan Commission on their options: approval, approval with conditions of use, or rejection of the conditional use. They will consider many factors when making their recommendation and have many departments review factors including quality of life from impacts like potential smoke and smell, safety concerns, and more.
      • If the applicant notices the alder and neighborhood soon, this Plan Commission review could take place as soon as mid-August.

More information will be coming on this process and timeline as formal requests are filed. Please know that I will keep you informed and I take your comments and feedback very seriously. You have many opportunities to formally share feedback, particularly at the time of committee and commission reviews.

The applicants can be reached at doublesbbq@gmail.com and you can reach me at district13@cityofmadison.com.

Thanks,

Sara  

Open House - Greenbush Housing Renovation Program
Posted May 15, 2015 at 11:55 AM

Open House 
Greenbush Housing Renovation Program

UPDATED DATE: Thursday, May 28th from 7-9pm
HotelRED


Come hear about and ask questions regarding an exciting new program to help people buy and renovate homes in the Greenbush Neighborhood. The city of Madison's Greenbush Housing Renovation Program offers $80,000 to $100,000 to potential home owners who will buy and restore a rental property and live in the home. Representatives from the city, the Greenbush-Vilas Partnership, contractors and those who have already used the program will be available to answer your questions. 
 

Double S BBQ
Posted May 13, 2015 at 10:26 PM

Neighbors –

Double S BBQ has applied for a beer and wine license for 1835 Monroe Street (the J. Kinney space). There was a public hearing at HotelRED on Wednesday evening, May 12. Many neighbors came to ask questions and express their opinions. The applicants will be going before the Alcohol License Review Committee (ALRC) on Wednesday, May 20 at 5:30pm in room 201 of the City-County Building. This will include a formal public hearing with 3 minutes for comment. You can also send written comments to the committee.

The restaurant will likely require further city review through a conditional use zoning process. This is triggered by their intention to smoke meat in an outdoor smoker behind the restaurant. There will be further public meeting and comment opportunities with regard to this request. I will be in touch as I learn more. Here is some information provided by the applicant:

  • Video of smoker operating (https://youtu.be/yfVKH-5k9MA)
  • We are also working to provide neighbors with a demonstration of the smoker in operation in the alley.

You had requested that we follow up with further information that may have not come out in the meeting and address some comments that were made in meeting. I have listed below several issues that were raised:

  1. One person brought up that Austin was having ordinances put in place due to BBQ smoke? Here is a link to google maps that shows every BBQ establishment in the Austin area which are indicated in red dots. As you can see there are well over 25 BBQ establishments in the downtown area and way more if you include the outskirts. So we do not believe this is a reasonable comparison as we would be the only one in our vicinity. https://www.google.com/maps/search/bbq+austin/@30.4064123,-97.7523714,10z
  2. Concern over meat waste: We use Sanimax as our grease disposal. We also put all meat waste in a 55 gallon drum sealed with a lid to eliminate odors and pests. I would like to add that Sanimax recycles all of our waste for bio diesel and animal feed. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me or the applicant (Sarah and Shon) with further questions or comments. Again, more information and process will be coming with regard to this restaurant.

Best,

Sara

5.3.15 New Alder Update
Posted May 3, 2015 at 4:04 PM

Greetings Neighbors –

I am honored to serve as your alder here in District 13. I know that we all appreciated the positive local election with many residents engaging deeply in the electoral process. Thank you.

Please stay in touch with me through my alder email account (district13@cityofmadison.com) and at the district webpage (www.cityofmadison.com/council/district13). As you all know, since you're on the list, you can sign up for my email updates, which I plan to send regularly, at that website. Please forward this on to your friends and neighbors so that they can sign-up. Also, remember that you can use "Report a Problem" to get assistance from city departmental staff on specific issues.

There are many upcoming events and meetings regarding District 13. Please find highlights below:

  • Monday 5/11, 6:30pm, Baha'i Center: Bay Creek Neighborhood Association Meeting, Wingra Point II development project will be on the agenda
    • If you are a neighbor, and have not yet taken the survey regarding this development, please do so here.
    • Revised dates for Wingra Point II project city review process: 5/20 Urban Design, 6/8 Plan Commission, 6/16 Common Council
  • Tuesday 5/12, 7:00pm, HotelRED: Public Meeting on Double S BBQ, proposed alcohol license applicant at 1835 Monroe Street
    • Double S BBQ intends to go before the ALRC on 5/20, application here
  • Spring 2015 Dogs in Parks Pilot Program Survey: please share your thoughts via this brief survey

Other updates and events:

Thanks,

Sara

2014 South District Community Survey
Posted November 21, 2014 at 12:24 PM

by Alder Lucas Dailey

It's that time of year when each of the Madison Police Department districts seeks feedback from residents. Below is a link to this year's online survey. Please take a moments to click on the below link and let us know how you feel about the quality of life in your neighborhood.

Read More or Take Survey

City to Offer Four Installments for Payment of Property Taxes
Posted November 19, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Today the city announced its ability to allow residents to pay their property taxes in four installments. You can learn more about the program at http://www.cityofmadison.com/treasurer/propertytax/fourInstallment/

 

 

Moving Monroe Reconstruction Back to 2016
Posted September 17, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Gang,

I've submitted an amendment to the capital budget reinstating the reconstruction of Monroe for 2016. We all know the many reasons for the reconstruction: create safer crossings, fix the gaping holes in the roadway (the pavement rating is 3.69 out of 10; under 5 triggers resurfacing), fix the failing sections of water and sewer main, improve the lighting, and improve the overall pedestrian experience.

The move to change the date to 2017, as I'm told, is primarily to prevent the compounding of city-wide traffic problems that will be caused by the reconstruction of monroe at the same time as the reconstruction of the beltline and Verona road which is slated to be complete in 2016. Apparently this is based on a lesson city engineers learned from the the reconstruction of Johnson/Gorham. I certainly don't doubt that there will be some compounded traffic but I'm not yet persuaded that it will be sufficient to justify pushing back this important project.

I asked the city engineer to provide data to back the claim, ideally with some traffic modelling. If the data make a strong case for very significant additional city-wide traffic disruption I will most likely withdraw the motion and let the 2017 date stand. But until then I believe the best direction for the area and city is to move forward with an amendment to restore the 2016 date.

This mirrors the feedback I've received from residents but if you think I'm off-base let me know!

cheers,
Lucas
district13@cityofmadison.com

Monroe Street Reconstruction Meeting 9/15 Cancelled
Posted September 9, 2014 at 4:47 PM

As many of you have heard the Mayor has proposed pushing the reconstruction of Monroe street back to 2017. I'm gathering information and exploring options to determine the best course of action to take to insure the improvements we need on Monroe are built. In the meantime, the Engineering dept is suspending it's work on the redesign, so the meeting scheduled for 9/15 at Edgewood is cancelled.