Alder Marsha A. Rummel,
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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SASY online newsletter Feb 2014
SASY Neighborhood newsletter February 2014. If you have questions or comments, please let me know firstname.lastname@example.org or 772-4555. Marsha
Union Corners Community Meeting Saturday March 1 at Noon
Please join me and Alder Larry Palm for the second neighborhood meeting about Union Corners. We will hear from the Gorman & Company team about their proposed General Development Plan for the overall site and Specific Implementation Plan for the UW Health Clinic. A neighborhood steering committee has been meeting with the development team. The team seeks to gather community input before they submit plans to the City by March 12. Saturday, March 1, 2014 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Bashford United Methodist Church - Fellowship Hall 329 North Street (Please enter from the parking lot in back.)
At an informational meeting at Urban Design Commission on January 22, Gorman and Company representatives presented a dramatically different site plan than what was approved through the RFP selection process. ( Legistar # 32837 2504 Winnebago Street). Several neighbors testified in opposition to the changes pointing to the elimination of structured parking and the flipping of the height and mass from E Washington to the back of the parcel. I testified to the loss of Union Commons, noting that the active pedestrian space had been turned into a drive aisle surrounded by surface parking, and the sense of place had been greatly diminished. UDC members commented that the plan was suburban, not well integrated through the site and not approvable as presented. No action was taken.
Subsequently the Gorman team has redrawn the site plan and reduced the surface lot and added structured parking in phase 2 which contains the proposed grocery store. They have been in active conversation with a grocery store. The first phase for the clinic and parking remained unchanged. A multi-neighborhood steering committee has been convened to work with the developer with representatives from SASY, Worthington Park, Emerson East, Eken Park and the Friends of Union Corners. The neighborhood steering committee has created a list of seven key values for the site that they shared with the developer. The Gorman team says they will work with the neighborhood to improve the site plan before they officially submit their proposal.
Madison-Kipp Corporation Informational Meeting on Remediation March 19
Representatives from the DNR will update the community on remediation efforts at MKC plant and the surrounding area. The meeting is Wednesday March 19 from 6-8p at the Goodman Community Center. More details to follow.
Ride the Drive comes to Atwood- Community Meeting March 19
The Parks Division proposes to hold the neighborhood Ride the Drive Sunday August 24 from 10-3. The route will include Olbrich Park, the Goodman Center, the Capital City bike path from Dunning crossing to Garver, Dunning to Lakeland. Come learn more at an informational meeting March 19 from 6-7p at Olbrich Gardens. August 24 is the same day as the Orton Park Festival.
Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream opens May 1st at 2302 Atwood
Dave Deadman of the Chocolate Shoppe proposes to construct a walk-up service window for a seasonal ice cream store from April to October. The building is small, only 415sf, and there is not sufficient room for customers to be seated inside. All the seating will be outside and the back yard will be regarded and landscaped with tables, chairs and benches. The building is owned by Teresa Ouabel of Bunky's. The window requires a conditional use at Plan Commission and will be reviewed March 24.
Garver Feed Mill
A new public process to determine Garver's future will begin soon. A new city disposal committee process will be convened this spring to review and approve the RFP and then select a developer that meets the adopted criteria. The committee is likely to consist of three alders (myself and Alder David Ahrens plus one more selected by the Mayor), representatives from SASY and Eastmorland Community Association, and two more members that could be from the Parks Commission, the Olbrich Botanical Society Board or the Mayor's designee.
The city commissioned Facility Engineering, an architectural engineering consultant to conduct a structure report on Garver, it was completed in June 2013. Last fall, after the consultants shared what work was needed to stabilize the building and provided cost estimates and stated it was feasible, the Madison Board of Parks Commissioners approved a request by Parks Division and Planning staff to work together to draft a new Request for Proposals for the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the historic Garver Feed Mill and the surrounding 5 acre site. The 2014 capital budget authorized spending $1.825M on stabilization and redevelopment.
There are reportedly several developers who have expressed interest in the site, so I am hopeful we can get a good project that creates synergy with Olbrich Botanical Gardens, preserves a unique example of Madison's agricultural and industrial history now a City landmark, respects neighborhood interest in retaining some public uses, minimizes parking impacts, enhances accessibility by walking, biking, transit and water, and respects the natural setting of the North Plat.
In 2008, the Olbrich Master Plan was amended and the OBS deed restriction lifted from the Garver site, but the DNR and the city still have deed restrictions that will need to be addressed. The city will offer a 99 year lease of the building but retain ownership of the land. The long term lease will allow a developer to apply for historic tax credits and rehab the building but the legal change will trigger the shoreline referendum. City ordinance requires voters to approve any change in legal status of a public park bordering on a lake or navigable waterway. In 2009, there was a referendum and spring voters overwhelmingly supported Common Wealth Developments proposal for an arts incubator. It is not clear if a developer would be selected before the November 2014 election, the earliest it could be on the ballot.
2223 Atwood Avenue
Liz Lauer and Nina Lebwohl propose to demolish the existing structure (the former key shop) and construct a three story, mixed-use building with 1300 square feet of first floor office space, six apartment units and five surface parking stalls. One unit will be accessible. The proposed project conforms to current TSS (traditional shopping street) zoning. The demolition would require a permit from Plan Commission but no Common Council approval would be required under the new zoning code. I held a neighborhood meeting on February 5 and Nina and Liz attended the SASY Council meeting February 13. They have filed for demolition and will be on a Plan Commission agenda in April.
1900 block Atwood Construction update
The 2014 budget contained funds to reconstruct the 1900 block of Atwood in anticipation of construction of Scott Lewis and CMI Management's approved development at 1924 Atwood Ave to add a second four-story, fifty-unit apartment building . This is 'Phase Two' of the building already at the corner of First Street-Atwood and will be built on surface parking lot directly adjoining. The project was approved by the Common Council last June but construction was delayed until this spring.
As a result of the Winn-Atwood placemaking discussions that ended in January, City Engineering now proposes that the major work originally scheduled for this year be folded into the 2016 plans for the reconstruction of the Schenks Corners intersection to allow continued neighborhood discussion about the treatment of the 1900 block of Atwood (one way or two way, cul de sac or access to the intersection). Instead of a full block reconstruction, Engineering proposes to open up approximately 100' of the street to upgrade water, sanitary and storm water connections for the new development.
Also welcome to Monona State Bank, our new neighbor at 1965 Atwood.
The sixth placemaking session was held January 8th at Olbrich Gardens. Over six months, six areas were discussed starting at the Yahara River all the way out to Olbrich Park. SASY partnered with the city and neighborhood planning professionals to produce these sessions. City staff members from Planning and Engineering were in attendance at all meetings. Ann Waidelich of the East Side History Club started off each session with historic photos, maps and a brief history of buildings, people and activities for each node. Then neighbors imagined Lighter Quicker Cheaper ways to enhance the area, based on placemaking principles of the Project for Public Places. The meetings were generally well attended (25-50 people each time) and well regarded. The neighborhood steering committee will summarize what they heard at the sessions at a future meeting with a goal to come up with a list of principles and projects to inform future street reconstruction and redevelopment projects. The meetings will be announced on the SASYNA email listserve.
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