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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Gorman & Co shared their proposal to construct 2 mixed-use buildings containing 18,000SF of retail, 90 apartments and underground parking at a neighborhood meeting October 27. The ground floor retail tenants are still to be determined. The buildings will be located on the north side of Winnebago St. Gorman will apply for federal Low- Income Housing Tax Credits, an annual competitive funding process administered through WHEDA. Gorman needs to have city land use approvals in place before the February 2015 WHEDA deadline in order to receive the highest scores. The award will be announced in June. The project will not proceed unless tax credits are awarded.
The funds from the sale of tax credits will subsidize seventy six of 90 units at 50-60% of area median income. Twenty-five % of the units will be provided at or below 20% of the area median income and will be set aside for veterans with integrative Supportive Housing services provided by local service agencies. At 60% AMI, the income requirements are $33,960 for 1 person, $38,820 for 2 persons, $43,680 for 3 persons or $48,480 for 4 persons. Gorman will also incorporate 15% of the units at market rates to increase WHEDA scoring. As part of the City's 2015 adopted Capital Budget, $4.25 million was authorized to support affordable housing in the city through a major new initiative, the Affordable Housing Fund. The Union Corners project was one of three proposals selected through a CDBG sponsored process and will receive $1.75M. Financial participation from local government also boosts the WHEDA score.
Meanwhile the effort to bring "intentionally welcoming" co-housing to Union Corners continues. A group called Madison East Side Cohousing (MESCoH) has a Facebook page "Co-housing at Union Corners" where you can get more information. Plans are underway for two "sister" cohousing communities in the southeast section of Union Corners (the triangle). An informational coffee on co-housing at Union Corners is scheduled on Saturday December 13 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Java Cat 3918 Monona Dr. if you want to find out more.
The multi-neighborhood steering committee has convened to discuss the proposal; they will meet with the Gorman team December 8. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to participate in the steering committee. The proposal will be reviewed by the Urban Design Commission 12/17/2014, Plan Commission 1/12/2015 and at the Common Council 1/20/2015 for final approval.
In very late December or early January, I will hold a second community meeting to share project details and get neighborhood feedback. You can track the status of the project on the Planning Division's webpage under Current Development Projects.
Save the date Tuesday February 17 at the Salvation Army 5:30-7:30 for a community meeting with Worthington Park Neighborhood Association members, Women of Worthington, area residents, City of Madison staff and other neighborhood stakeholders.
The Capital and Operating budgets were adopted November 11. Items of interest for the Atwood, Union Triangle and Worthington Park neighborhoods include:
2015 street reconstructions of Center and Sommers, Hermina St, Wirth Ct, Darbo Dr connection to Webb Ave and a new bridge over Starkweather Creek at Milwaukee St. In early 2015, City Engineering staff will convene meetings with affected property owners to discuss construction details for each project and be available to answer questions. The Goodman Path bike and pedestrian path will be extended from Milwaukee St at St. Paul to Highway 30 and beyond.
Emerald Ash Borer. The budget contains funding for 10 new staff positions, chemical treatment, removal and replacement of park and street trees, supplies and training.
Quiet Zones. Funding for the installation of crossing gates at Corry and Waubesa railroad crossings in order to apply to the Federal Railroad Administration for Quiet Zones was authorized for 2017.
The Public Market District at 1st and E Washington has moved forward, a budget amendment to delay the project failed. The City and the consulting team are beginning to develop a draft site design and programmatic plan. This work will then lead into the creation of a detailed business plan that will identify the specifics of the project's costs, financing plan, operating plan, vendor mix, management plan, governance structure, lease arrangements, etc. I will share that information as it comes together over the next few weeks and months.
Neighborhood Centers. The Mayor put in $8.3M for the purchase of new neighborhood centers in the 2015 capital budget, including the purchase of the Salvation Army Community Center at 3030 Darbo Dr. The Council amended the budget to require that a plan with criteria to develop new community centers be adopted before any purchase is made.
Garver Feed Mill. The city will provide up to $1.825M to assist the developer selected to rehabilitate the Garver Feed Mill. Proposals are due December 19. The Garver Feed Mill Criteria and Selection Committee will review proposals January 7 at 6p in room 300 of the Madison Municipal Building. Several interested groups have toured the site since the RFP went out. 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 the neighborhood's interest in retaining public uses and enhancing accessibility by walking and biking, minimizes parking impacts, and respects the wildness of the North Plat.
The 2015 levy is $202,870,333, a 2.23% change from 2014. General obligation borrowing is $147,901,732. Taxes on the average value home are $2257.09, up $61.26 or 2.79% from 2014. The final adopted budget will be available to view online in mid January on the City Finance page.
In 2013, a neighborhood group, triggered by the then impending street construction of Atwood Ave, organized a 6 part visioning session to look at nodes along the Winnebago-Atwood corridor to imagine how these places could become more interesting spaces for people to gather. Earlier this year I reported that City Engineering delayed the reconstruction of the 1900 block of Atwood originally scheduled for 2014. Engineering proposed that we fold the 1900 block into the 2016 plans for the reconstruction of the Schenks Corners intersection to allow for continued neighborhood discussion. The unusual process of working with Planning and Engineering to plan street reconstruction in advance of the construction year will continue in 2015. A staff team from Engineering, Planning, Traffic Engineering and Office of Business Resources has meet with neighborhood organizers to discuss the collected ideas. City staff will present several options for the Schenk Atwood intersection that were raised during the discussion. A meeting will be scheduled sometime in March to share ideas generated from the neighborhood and gather feedback on the options. Meanwhile, in the Mayor's Capital budget, the impending reconstruction of Atwood got pushed out to 2020.
SASY Holiday Party and Silent Auction
December 14th at Goodman Community Center 4-7p. Join neighbors at the annual winter party for light refreshments, music and dancing. Proceeds from the silent auction will benefit WPNA and Women of Worthington.
Join Friends of Starkweather Creek and other neighbors for the 13th Starkweather Annual Winter Solstice celebration Sunday December 21st at Olbrich Park near the sledding hill from 4-7p. Fire will be lit at 4:30p. The event features ice lanterns, hot chocolate and cider, drumming and wishes. Limited parking. Free.
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