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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Marquette online newsletter December 2014
Jenifer St from Livingston to Few is scheduled to be reconstructed in 2015. The project area also includes S. Paterson from Williamson to Spaight and S. Brearly from Williamson to Jenifer. Metro will temporarily relocate bus service from Jenifer St. to Spaight St. City Engineering is scheduling a neighborhood meeting Monday Jan 5, 2015, 6-7:30p at Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center.
On March 10, 2015, a community meeting to review the first year of Central Park will be organized by Alder Ledell Zellers and myself. Stay tuned for time and place. At the meeting we will review input received from East Isthmus neighbors, event organizers and Parks staff and get input on possible conditions unique to Central Park. Parks staff will attend.
Four major events were held this year: La Fete de Marquette, Central Park Sessions, the YumYum Fest and Wurst Oktoberfest . Next year the Skate Park will be under construction and that will limit weekday access to the grounds for events. 2015 requests for events include Make Music Madison (6/21), La Fete (7/9-12) and Central Park Sessions (still in flux for Sat or Sunday Aug 8 or 9 and Aug 15 or 16, Thurs Sept 3 or 10).
202 S Thornton/201 S Dickinson
A public meeting to present the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the State Archive Preservation Facility project is scheduled for December 16, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Croix Conference Room in the Wisconsin DOA building, 101 East Wilson Street. A description of the project and the Draft EA will be presented and public comment invited regarding the potential environmental impact of this project. Ayres Associates has been retained by the DOA to prepare the draft EA.
The new facility will be constructed on State-owned property located at 202 S. Thornton Avenue. The existing DOA Central Services Building will be demolished as part of the project. The Central Services Building was built as the Northern Electrical Company in 1895 and produced electric motors, and later housed a series of heavy industries.
The Plan Commission unanimously supported the demolition application on November 10, 2014. The proposed preservation facility is consistent with the zoning code and did not require Common Council approval. The demolition is scheduled to begin in April 2015; construction is targeted for June 2015, and substantial completion is anticipated in June 2017.
The State Archive Preservation facility will house artifacts and archival material from the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Wisconsin Veteran's Museum. The facility will provide space to process material and will serve as a support facility for museum functions. The facility will incorporate a Native American Traditional Care Room to accommodate requests of the Wisconsin Intertribal Repatriation Committee for space to handle boxed human remains, funeral objects, and other sacred objects. In addition, there will be an indoor receptacle to hold ceremonial embers during prayers and rituals. An outdoor fire pit has been incorporated into the design with appropriate seating arrangements for ceremonial prayers and rituals. These features will accommodate improved access to sacred objects and facilitate continued practice of Native American traditions.
The building will be set back from the Yahara River frontage and landscaped. There will be significantly more pervious surface with the new facility compared to the existing structure. The facility will have programming space with public access on the 2nd floor. There will be 33 parking stalls for staff and visitors. There will be 17-20 FTE employees who will cross Thornton Ave and the bike path to get to the parking area. The building will be equivalent to LEED Silver.
The Ayres Draft EA recognized environmental conditions primarily related to the historical operation of electric motor and machine manufacturing companies, including a machine shop, paint shop, brass foundry, and loading/unloading activities from adjacent railroad spurs. Additional information sources also indicated the former presence of transformers, storage tanks, and historical releases. Based on analytical data collected from soils at the site during a Phase II ESA, (Ayres Associates, July 2013) management of impacted soil will be required in order to successfully reduce potential impacts to human health and the environment and fulfill substantive requirements of Chapter 720, Wis. Admin.Code. The majority of the site contains a layer of fill material from 0-3 feet below ground surface which demonstrates discoloration and contains polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and metals which exceed Residual Contaminant Levels for direct exposure and protection of groundwater.
Potential options to be considered for management of soil include on-site placement with engineered barrier layer (e.g. foundations, roadways/sidewalks, soil barrier) and off-site disposal for potentially hazardous material. On-site management will be conducted in compliance with requirements detailed in NR 718, Wis. Admin. Code. Management of soil in this manner is anticipated to have a beneficial long term effect on groundwater as the potential for percolation of surface water through impacted soils, and transport into groundwater, will be reduced.
Information and comments received at the meeting will be reviewed and considered during the EA process. The Draft EA has been prepared in accordance with the Wisconsin Environmental Policy Act (WEPA), and Wisconsin Administrative Code Chapter ADM 60. The intent of the EA process is to evaluate whether this project is a major action that will significantly affect the quality of the human environment, or is a course of action which involves unresolved conflicts concerning alternative uses of available resources.
If you have concerns about the environmental impacts of this project, you can contact Ayres Associates. All comments should be received no later than 6:30 p.m., December 16, 2014, and sent to: Neil E. Carney , PE, Ayres Associates, 5201 E. Terrace Drive, Suite 200 Madison, WI 53718 email@example.com.
Quiet Zones in the rail corridor have been reauthorized from Baldwin to S Johnson and Baldwin to 2nd St for 2015; Blount to Brearly is scheduled for 2016. The city has reauthorized funds to close two streets at S. Livingston and S. Brearly at the railroad tracks per the ruling of the Office of the Railroad Commissioner. The Yahara Gateway and Parkway community planning effort has been delayed until 2017-2020; Burr Jones may be incorporated into planning for the Public Market District which continues in 2015. John Nolen/Blair/E Wilson/Willy, the "hairball intersection" is scheduled for reconstruction in 2019, though planning money is proposed for 2016 that will study the feasibility of grade separation of John Nolen drive and Wilson/Williamson St. The Water Utility Paterson St operations facility will be constructed in 2015. A Cultural Resources planner and consultant will be hired to assist the Preservation Planner in creating a Historic Preservation Plan for Madison. The first phase of the consultant's work will be to assist the Landmarks Commission in their phase 2 update of the Landmarks Ordinance which will review the criteria for each historic district. There are three historic districts in District 6 – First Settlement, Third Lake Ridge and the Marquette Bungalow District.
800 South Block E Washington
On November 8, the Capitol East District Committee recommended Otto Gebhardt's proposal for the 800 South Block and gave his team until April 2015 to submit site plans and financial data. StartingBlock, T Presents – a 1500 capacity performing arts venue, an unnamed educational partner, commercial and retail space are part of a 10-12 story proposal with a 425-stall parking structure. Once plans are submitted, they will be reviewed by city committees, the public and the Common Council. Gebhardt recently broke ground on the 800 North Block with construction of the Galaxie which will include Festival Foods, a new grocery store. The adopted Capital budget allocated $1.5M for Starting Block of which $500K was from TID 36.
1000 North Block E Washington
On November 7, Steve Cover, City Planning Director, sent a letter to Stone House Development to inform them that city staff could not support the mixed use proposal due to the size of the music venue proposed by Frank Productions. In spite of efforts to find parking solutions, planning and traffic engineering staff believed the music venue which would have a capacity of 2500 persons would adversely impact the surrounding Tenney-Lapham neighborhood. The letter supported the concept of the music venue elsewhere in the Capital East District but not at the proposed location and stated the project could not meet conditional use standards nor meet the standards for Tax Incremental Financing. The other proposed uses in the project – affordable and market rate housing on E Mifflin, the relocation of Red Caboose, and a 6-story commercial office building- were welcomed.
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