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Alder Scott J. Resnick

Alder Scott J. Resnick

Home Address:
661 Mendota Ct # 1404
Madison , WI 53703

Phone: 608-807-7962
Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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1001 University Avenue: Next Steps

August 4, 2011 2:10 PM

On August 2nd, the City Council referred decisions regarding a new student high rise to be located at 1001 University Avenue back to the Landmarks Commission, Urban Design Commission and Plan Commission. Previously, the Plan Commission rejected a concept to move the existing Saint Francis House and create a 12-story structure independent of the church. The new proposal includes an 8-story structure with 10-15% less density than the original and several fewer beds.

Opposition for the original proposal primarily came from members of the Luther Memorial congregation. Among their arguments opposing the project,  members testified that the 12-story high rise would cast a morning shadow over their church's stain glass windows, create additional traffic and parking problems, and add to general noise and safety concerns. Moreover, members expressed a desire for neighborhood green space.

Last week I organized a meeting among Luther Memorial leadership, representatives from the Episcopalian church, the developer, city staff, and other alders. We discussed overarching issues for the property and the next steps for the project. Hopefully, all parties will remain at the table throughout the city process.

I believe the 8-story concept is a worthy compromise for the parcel, and addresses many of the concerns raised by members of the Plan Commission and Luther Memorial leadership. I welcome additional input at the following city meetings before the council votes on the issue during our September 20th meeting.

Landmarks Commission: August 22nd, 4:45 PM, 215 MLKJ Blvd, Room LL110
Urban Design Commission: September 7th, 4:30 PM, 215 MLKJ Blvd, Room LL110
Plan Commission: September 19th, 5:30 PM, 210 MLKJ Blvd, Room 201
Common Council: September 20th, 5:30 PM, 210 MLKJ Blvd, Room 201

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