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Calling all foodies, and development updates

May 31, 2016 9:21 PM

Hello Neighbors,

Well another week, another proposed development in our area.

If you're in wards 8 or 9 (the areas closest to Sprecher Road, on either side of Sprecher) you received a postcard inviting you to our meeting two weeks ago to learn more about a proposal for a new building between Fire Station 13 and Interstate 94, in the Metrotech area. This building is proposed by our neighbors in Steamfitters Local 601 and would serve as a training center for apprentice and journeyman Steamfitter tradesmen and tradeswomen.

What is a steamfitter?

Steamfitters construct and maintain heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. They put together and maintain the pipes which carry water, steam, chemicals, and liquids within buildings. By way of example, they make freezers work. That's right, without steamfitters there'd be no ice cream.


Steamfitters Local 601 has existed here in Madison for over 100 years, and this new facility would be their first new facility in well, almost that long. The proposed space is about 55,000 square feet, including a roughly 120 person community room for use by local groups. It would serve yearly classes of about 60 new tradespersons and hold both day and evening classes with classes of 12-20 people. (I know that traffic volume on Sprecher Road is a concern and I don't think these traffic numbers would significantly impact that traffic volume). Plans also call for the grounds to serve as something of an urban prairie, including several burr oaks. See below for the designs for the building and let me know that you think.

The meeting was nicely attended and we had a great discussion. Thanks to everyone who came out.

birds eye view blueprint style layout

draft of outside view from southeast

Draft of outside view from directly south of the building

The proposed residential developments on Milky Way and in Metrotech have gone through informational presentations at the Urban Design Commission and the Plan Commission where they received feedback. Royal Commercial Group is now incorporating our feedback and commission member feedback and updating drafts. They will present to us again in June where we further discuss the plans and designs and see where we're at as a neighborhood with respect to these developments. I will send out the date of this meeting as soon as it is scheduled.

With the growing season in full swing here in Southern Wisconsin, we eagerly welcome our Capitol View Farmers Market back beginning tomorrow, Wednesday June 1st on Sharpsburg Avenue in Grandview Commons. The market will run each Wednesday through October 4pm-7pm.

Let's Eat Out food cart cooperative is holding a fundraiser for Kennedy Elementary School tomorrow night as well, 6pm-8pm. Grab some groceries and a snack at the market and swing down to Kennedy for dinner for the whole family. Tomorrow is a big night for fresh, tasty food here in District 3.


Now that it's summer in Madison, there are a million and one things to do. If you're driving or pedaling or past Olbrich Park this Saturday between 9am and 3pm, stop off and cheer for yours truly as I compete in a strongman competition for the glory and honor of District 3, and for the fun of it. This is my second year competing in this contest and the second year there is a women's division so I am really proud to help move Madison forward in this small, but heavy, way.

Stay cool in this humidity and be well,

Amanda Hall

Alder, District 3

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