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Alder Scott J. Resnick

Alder Scott J. Resnick

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Madison , WI 53703

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Madison, WI 53703
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Plan Commission: Three Proposed Changes to District 8

July 11, 2011 12:16 PM

Three items on today’s Plan Commission agenda are significant to District 8: an air space lease for the new Chazen Museum of Art, modifications for the expansion of the Charter Street Heating Plant, and zoning for a new high-rise at 1001 University Avenue.

The first two items should be relatively straight-forward. The air space lease will allow the new sky bridge to be built for the Chazen Museum of Art above East Campus Mall. The modifications to the Charter Street Heating Plant include a new parking lot, which may be converted into a biomass storage and handling facility. Project completion is expected in May of 2013.

The third project is a proposed relocation of the 1930’s component of St Francis Church and construction of a 12-story high rise at 1001 University Avenue. First, the historic 1930’s section of St Francis Church would be uplifted and moved several dozen feet to the corner of the parcel. Then, a high-rise would be constructed with varying heights, 12-, 8-, and 4-stories, depending on the location, and contain 90 apartments (255 bedrooms) with 63 parking stalls. The new high-rise would not have any religious affiliation and be independent from St Francis.

Thus far, the council and I have received mixed feedback from the community. The Associated Students of Madison’s Legislative Affairs Committee reviewed the project and provided general support. Porchlight, the proposed high-rise’s neighbor to the south, and the University, have remained neutral.

Meanwhile, Luther Memorial Church, the neighbor to the west, vocally opposes the construction. For the past six weeks, alders have been receiving letters in opposition for the following reasons: traffic congestion, parking concerns, noise, campus safety, rooftop wear, and vandalism. Yet the major issue involves the stained glass windows of Luther Memorial’s sanctuary and the impact of the high-rise’s shadows in the morning.

After initial discussion and public testimony on June 20th, 2011, the Plan Commission referred this item to determine if the building could be constructed to eliminate shading. City Staff met with the developer and no changes were made to the original proposal. City of Madison Staff concluded that the proposed building would add between an hour and hour and of half of shadows, and the proposal was consistent with zoning plans in that area. On most days, the sanctuary would be shaded until 8:30 am to 9 am. Other models were proposed but not financially feasible to construct.

In a continued effort to find an acceptable solution, the Plan Commission will be discussing shadows tonight. The meeting starts at 5:30 pm in the Council Chambers and members of the public are welcome to attend.

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