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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MNA Online Newsletter October 2014
1018 Williamson St
Mike Kohn is seeking a certificate of appropriateness from the Landmarks Commission to demolish the c1895 house at 1018 Williamson on October 6. The building would be demolished and seeded for green space. A Certificate of Appropriateness for the demolition of the building was granted in 1993. According to the application, the building had been gutted by the previous owners and was purchased by Kohn in this condition in 1992. The building has been vacant for at least 22 years. Some remedial foundation work has been done and a new roof was installed.
Amy Scanlon, the City Preservation Planner "determined that it would require significant investment to return the structure to livable standards; however, it could be accomplished. The current property owner may find that the gutted building would be desirable to someone who has the resources and determination to rehabilitate it into their residence. Given the previously approved Certificate of Appropriateness and existing condition, staff believes that the standards for granting a Certificate of Appropriateness for the demolition of the existing structure are met and recommends approval by the Landmarks Commission."
Neighbors had the opportunity to tour the house in early September. On September 18, the MNA Board voted to oppose the demolition in order to allow time for the owner to advertise the availability of the house –as is- and seek an interested buyer to purchase this vernacular Victorian era single family home and rehab it.
Public Market District
The Public Market District will be on the agenda at the Common Council meeting October 7. The resolution will select the preferred location (1st and E Washington is recommended) and authorize moving into the third phase of the business plan.
Assuming the Council passes the resolution, the Local Food Committee (of which I am a member) will start working with Project for Public Spaces on the 3rd phase of the business plan. The first step of this phase will be to conduct a public "Placemaking Workshop." The purpose of this will be to invite in the community, vendors, partners, stakeholders, etc to start identifying specific uses, features, and potential layout of the district. The tentative date is the last week of October so stay tuned for a final date either October 28 or October 29. www.cityofmadison.com/publicmarket
State Archive Preservation facility – 201 S Dickinson
In September, the State of Wisconsin Dept of Administration submitted a request to demolish the Central Services building and build a new state of the art archival facility at 201 S Dickinson. The Plan Commission will hold a public hearing on the demolition and proposed new construction on November 11. The archive is a permitted use so the proposal only needs Plan Commission review.
The MNA Preservation and Development Committee met with representatives from the Wisconsin Historical Society, Wisconsin Veteran's Museum and the architect from Engberg Anderson on September 9. At the September 18 MNA Board meeting, the Board voted to send a letter to the Plan Commission noting the lack of consistency with adopted plans which call for residential uses.
The facility will house artifacts, library aand archival material from the two museums. The facility will provide space to process material and will serve as a support facility for museum functions. A fenced in outdoor area has been designed by Wisconsin tribal members to conduct ceremonial dances for gifting tribal items to WHS. The building will be set back from the Yahara River frontage and landscaped. The facility will have programming space with public access on the 2nd floor. The facility will have 12-13 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 site plan and architectural renderings will be shared electronically on the MNA list serve once they are available.
800 Block South E Washington
The City of Madison owns approximately two acres of land on the 800 South Block of East Washington Ave. It is the last remaining parcel of the three properties the city purchased from Don Miller using the land banking program. The City solicited proposals to develop a Madison Sustainability Commerce Center and/or Starting Block the entrepreneurial hub and co-working space with Sector 67 and Gener8tor in the 800 South Block. By the September 29 deadline, one proposal had been received from Otto Gebhardt.
Gebhardt proposes to construct a mixed use development with Starting Block and T Presents Madison as the anchor tenants. T Presents, a 1500 seat performing arts venue, is owned by Toffer Christensen who will relocate his event and promotion business from Brooklyn NY if the proposal is accepted. Plans also include 40-45,000sf for an unnamed technology oriented private college, 12-20,000sf commercial and retail uses, and a 450 stall parking structure.
A recently formed Capitol East District Committee has been charged with making a recommendation to the Common Council about whether or not the City should proceed with further negotiations with Gebhardt for this proposal. The committee is composed of four alders: Alder Ledell Zellers, Alder Lauren Cnare, Alder Maurice Cheeks and me. The neighborhood reps from Tenney Lapham and Marquette will be David Waugh and Daniel Grossberg. Citizen members are Tom Landgraf, Mark Green and Melissa Berger. The first committee meeting date is still TBD but sometime in October. The Mayor's capital budget includes $1.5M to support Starting Block.
900 E Washington – Archipelago Village
Curt Brink and the Korb family have submitted plans to develop the Mautz block on the south side of the 900 block of E Washington. At an informational presentation to the Urban Design Commission on October 1, Curt Brink and architect Kirk Keller presented a conceptual master plan for a mixed use development. The developer met with a small group of MNA Preservation and Development members on October 2.
Several buildings and four levels of structured parking are being proposed. The building heights range from 10-15 stories (which could be permitted in Urban Design District #8 if bonus criteria are met). The uses are mostly commercial. The proposed heights trigger a conditional use process reviewed by the Plan Commission and would be required to meet Urban Design District #8 standards.
A proposed 10 story residential tower at E Main and Brearly is attached to the historic Wisconsin Telephone Company garage (946 E Main). The Wisconsin Telephone building is proposed to be used as a winery and tasting room. The applicants seek to build the residential tower in the first phase. At the Plan Commission meeting of January 27, 2014, the Korbs got approval to demolish three buildings and to construct a 5-story addition to the Kleuter building (901 E Washington) and add a temporary surface parking lot. They have not signed - off on the plans or met the conditions of the approval yet.
The adopted Capitol Gateway Corridor Plan (2008) does not support residential uses at this intensity on the south side of E Washington. The south side is designated as an employment district and zoned Traditional Employment. While housing would be possible in the TE zoning district with a conditional use permit, the Capitol Gateway Corridor plan explicitly discourages free-standing residential development on the south side.
The Capital Gateway BUILD and UDD #8 grew out of earlier planning efforts including Isthmus 2020 (1998) which called for 14,000 jobs in the Isthmus and recognized that high job growth would require transportation alternatives to the automobile and the East Rail Corridor Plan (2001-2004) which identified the rail corridor as a major employment center and recommended Employment as the predominant land use. The catalyst for the land use changes proposed by the East Rail Corridor plan was the effort by the Urban Open Space Foundation (now Center for Resilient Cities) to create Central Park.
There has been over 15 years of planning that got us to where we are today. These plans set us on a course for success. Central Park opened this year, new housing and mixed use development are being developed on the north side of E Wash, Shopbop and the University Research Park incubator came to the Marquip/Gisholt building, and new housing has been approved for Willy St. But new employment has been elusive. The economic crash of 2008 made lenders more cautious. They require a high percentage of lease commitments for loans. As a result, commercial development has not proceeded at the same pace as the recent apartment boom.
I will be working with residents of the Marquette and Tenney- Lapham neighborhoods, Cap East District property owners and business tenants, and city staff to discuss the Archipelago Village proposal. I am committed to the vision for the Employment District embodied in adopted plans for the Cap East District but if we want to change the recommendations for the south side to allow residential uses at higher densities, then we should fully review the plans with surrounding neighborhoods and adjoining property owners first. I will be seeking your input as these projects move forward.
Please let me know if you have questions or comments at email@example.com -Marsha
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