Alder Marsha A. Rummel,
Council President Pro Tem
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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MNA online newsletter Feb 2014
MNA Neighborhood newsletter February 2014. If you have questions or comments, please let me know firstname.lastname@example.org or 772-4555. Marsha
Central Park Neighborhood meeting March 6
The Central Park adopted master plan limits the number of festivals to 3 year but doesn't really define what a festival means. How many impactful events should neighbors expect in the park? Please attend a meeting of near east side stakeholders to discuss the protocols we would like to establish for programming, amplification, capacity, length and duration, schedule, parking plans etc on March 6 at WilMar at 6:30p. We can establish community expectations based on input from immediate neighbors and other stakeholders to inform the Board of Park Commissioners on March 12.
Congratulations to members of the Madison Skatepark Fund who have successfully fundraised almost all of the $850,000 needed to construct Madison's first publicly owned skatepark. Construction will break ground by June 30 and the skatepark will be completed by fall 2014. The Madison Skatepark Fund still seeks contributions for an endowment fund.
706 Williamson St Neighborhood Meeting March 10
Marty Rifken of The Rifken Group, Ltd. is submitting an application to the City of Madison to demolish the one-story commercial building located at 702-706 Williamson Street. The building was constructed in 1926 but has been extensively remodeled, most recently in 1998 and 2007. The development group would like to construct a six-story building with approximately 7,500 square feet of commercial space on the first floor and five stories (60 units) of apartments on the upper floors. There would also be a lower level garage with 30 parking stalls on the site. In addition to the underground parking, the development group owns a 30-stall surface parking lot across the street at 651 E. Wilson Street.
The TSS zoning permits three stories or 40' with additional height permitted through the conditional use process. The Williamson St BUILD II recommends 5 stories for this block which is identified in Zone III.
Hold the date March 10 for a neighborhood meeting, details to follow soon.
Yahara Parkway planning public meeting #3 March 12
The third meeting will be held at O'Keefe Middle school cafeteria, 510 S Thornton St at 6:30p. The goal is to look at the seven plans that have been adopted over the last 19 years and explore implementation strategies. The city has created a website with lots of good info.
Grampa's Pizzeria update and Two Straws (fka Waiting Room) at ALRC March 19
On January 28, I held a neighborhood meeting to discuss the request by Gil Altschul to construct an outdoor patio in back of Grampa's Pizzeria 1374 Williamson St and for a conversion of an existing house by Josh Swentzel and Hastings Cameron into The Waiting Room, a cocktail lounge/tavern, at 1380 Williamson St. Since the meeting, Swentzel and his partners have decided to call their establishment
The majority of neighbors who attended the meeting and who contacted me in advance of the meeting shared concerns about the expansion of Grampa's into the back yard. Everyone stated their hope that Grampa's succeed but there was little support by immediate neighbors for the outdoor service. Subsequently Gil contacted me to say he was withdrawing the request.
The Two Straws cocktail lounge is proposed to be 2-stories. The estimated capacity is 50. There will be no formal bar area; instead it will be a casual living room style lounge. There will be a focus on house made mixers and local craft distillers. They estimate 20% food service and plan to invite guest chefs and feature locally sourced products. No live music is proposed.
The main concern of neighbors at the meeting regarding Two Straws was not about the business concept or the applicant's qualifications but adding more bars to Willy St and the continuing trend of the business district becoming more of a food and entertainment destination. The other concern expressed was whether the conversion of a house from a residential use to a commercial use was desirable. According to Josh and Hastings, they intend to improve the house and will not substantially alter the house which could be restored at some later date. I have also received emails in support from nearby residents who look forward to enjoying a craft cocktail bar.
MNA discussed the issue at their February 20 meeting. The applicants have submitted their license application to the ALRC and if approved at the public hearing March 19, the application will go to the Common Council. The Landmarks Commission will review any new construction such as the proposed accessible ramp.
829 E Washington Ave (800 South Block) @ Plan Commission March 24
Jonathan Reske of Fourcap Real Estate has submitted a proposal to construct a restaurant in Traditional Employment zoning with outdoor seating at the former Goodman Community Center teen center/ Savidusky's Furrier. This will require conditional use approval of the restaurant use under TE zoning, design review of the outdoor courtyard and façade improvements, conditional use approval for use of the outdoor courtyard and approval for the provision of zero parking. Bicycle parking will be provided. The proposal is scheduled to be at Plan Commission on March 24.
The building will be occupied by one tenant, the restaurant group Robinia LLC. The hours of operation will be 6:30a – 1p during the week and 6:30a – 2:30a on Fridays and Saturdays. The group proposes a 3000sf food courtyard open weather permitting and proposes to divide the building into three zones. A chef/menu driven restaurant in the rear of the building, a wine-cocktail lounge in the middle and a bakery/café in the front of the building. The property will be returned to the tax rolls.
Jonathan has met with me and the MNA Preservation and Development Committee.
802/854 East Washington Avenue (800 North Block)
Otto Gebhardt's mixed-use development with commercial (including a grocery store), office and residential components in UDD No. 8 was at UDC Feb 19 for an informational presentation. Here is link to the plans. https://madison.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1516753&GUID=55789445-B902-49F1-B2FD-026FC15913CF
Metcalfe's withdrew from the project in late October 2013. On January 15, Gebhardt Development announced Festival Foods would be its anchor grocery tenant for a $65 million multi-use development on the 4.5-acre site. The first phase includes the grocery store, 175-240 residential units and a 350-space parking garage. The second phase has 22 owner-occupied homes, 65,000 square feet of commercial/retail/office space and another 173 parking stalls. The site previously contained part of the former Don Miller auto dealership. The city bought it for $5.8 million in 2010 under the land-banking program. Last July, the city and Gebhardt signed a purchase agreement.
Water Utility Paterson St Operations Center
The city has identified the Operation Center at 110 S Paterson as a potential location for a structured parking ramp to serve the Capitol East District. The Mayor budgeted $6.8M in the 2014 Capital Budget to relocate the Operations Center. The Water Utility hired Mead and Hunt to look at options to incorporate Operations into their fleet facility across the street in "Big Blue" or other locations. The WU initiated a Citizen Advisory Panel to seek input from neighborhood stakeholders. The first informational meeting for the CAP was held November 18.
Mead and Hunt has completed a review of options that were presented at a special meeting of the Madison Water on February 19. The five options range from pursuing the 2006 plan to reconstruct the building at 110 S Paterson to moving Operations from 110 S Paterson to another location TBD. Variations look at retrofitting the fleet storage building "Big Blue" across the street, adding a building in the storage lot that faces E Main St and moving well maintenance staff to a new building behind their 119 Olin Ave site. Costs range from $7.1M to $13M and more if a brand new site is purchased.
The Water Utility Board discussed the options and costs to the ratepayers. They asked WU staff to work with Planning staff to come back to the June meeting with information about possibilities to purchase the abandoned rail spur owned by MGE and look at other possible locations for the parking structure around the Paterson site. They also asked for a briefing the Cap East BUILD plan and Urban Design District #8. The Water Utility owns 3 of the 4 corner parcels at Paterson and E Main St. In addition to the Operations building and Big Blue, there is also an oblong outdoor lot used for storing large metal pipes and other equipment.
901 E Washington Ave - Kleuter Warehouse addition approvals
At the January 27, 2014 meeting of the Plan Commission, Archipelago Village LLC received approval to demolish three one-story buildings and a metal building adjacent to the Kleuter Warehouse Building at 901-945 E Washington Ave to be replaced with a 129-stall surface parking lot and a new five-story addition to the Kleuter building (1915). The interior of the original Kleuter building would be renovated as office space. The parking lot would be an interim use until future phases are developed and structured parking can be constructed. The proposal received final approval at UDC on February 19. Prior to city sign- off of the demolition, the developer must submit proof of financing for the proposed site and building addition. This shall include a letter of commitment from a bank.
The block is the former home of the Mautz Paint Factory and sales office which closed in 2002. The Korb family purchased the majority of parcels on the block in 2002. Four buildings on the property would remain: 945 E Washington currently used as a meeting space (and home to the 12' floor model of the original 27-story Archipelago Village mixed use development proposed by Curt Brink in 2005); 946 E Main St (formerly the Wisconsin Telephone Co Garage and Warehouse built in 1929); 910 E Main and 924 E Main (formerly the National Biscuit Company warehouse built in 1928) portions of which are currently utilized for storage.
There are no confirmed tenants at this time for the Kleuter space. StartingBlock Madison, a tech incubator/maker space, was actively interested in the site last summer but there is no formal agreement at this time. StartingBlock wants to provide a permanent home for Sector67, Madison's successful makerspace/prototyping center for next-generation manufacturing technologies and for gener8tor, a startup that provides expertise, mentorship and capital.
722 Williamson St
There hasn't been much news from Jim Bower and Tom Bergamini , the principals of the Baldwin Development Group, since they appeared at an informational presentation at the Urban Design Commission December 18, 2013. The developers are currently reviewing the costs of the project in anticipation of beginning a discussion with city Economic Development Division staff to discuss TIF options. I have urged the Baldwin Group to attempt to comply with the BUILD height recommendations by investigating the cost of providing underground parking and they are doing that.
The developer proposes to build a mixed use building with 6,000sf of commercial/retail uses on the ground floor and 220 dwelling units. They presented two options at UDC that have been shown to the neighborhood and reflect engagement with a neighborhood steering committee composed of nearby property owners, interested neighbors and members of the MNA Preservation and Development Committee. The first option is 4-stories at Williamson, rising to 10 stories and then coming down toward bike path. The second option has similar massing but with a 5-story Willy St. façade rising to 9 stories. The building now steps down on both corners facing the bike path. Both options still exceed the 2004 adopted BUILD II guidelines and existing zoning.
The challenge of the site is that the terms of the sale requires the replacement of approximately 150 parking stalls that currently serve the tenants of the two adjacent commercial buildings owned by the Rifkin Group and Madison Candy Company owner John Martens. Providing this parking in the new development adds two-stories to the proposal. At a neighborhood steering committee meeting in December, MGE shared a letter regarding their concerns over the suitability of residential uses next to a working power plant, the proposed massing, and traffic impacts. Other neighbors shared similar concerns about the massing and conformance to adopted plans. There are also neighbors who feel that the location presents an opportunity for density beyond the BUILD II plan if there is an exceptional design.
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