Council Vice President
Alder Syed Abbas,
Council Vice President
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Abbas’ Blog
F-35 - Madison Public Market - Affordable Housing and General Update.
Thank you everyone for your well wishes for our newborn baby. Mama and baby are doing great. Although I was attending many meetings each week while on paternity leave, I am now 100% back at it as there is much work to be done. With that being said, I am sharing some time sensitive updates and please stay tuned for more to come.
The Executive Summary of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is here http://www.angf35eis.com/Resources/Documents/Draft_F-35A_EIS_Executive_Summary_August_2019.pdf, and the full report can be accessed here http://www.angf35eis.com/Documents.aspx.
The Air National Guard has scheduled a public open house on September 12, from 5-8pm at the Alliant Energy Center, and comments can be made in person there.
I also encourage everyone to share your comments via the Air National Guard's official public comment channel. The link for public comments can be accessed here: http://www.angf35eis.com/Comments.aspx. Comments can be made through September 27th and can be made online or by mail.
Additionally, I encourage you to share your comments and concerns with elected City, County and State officials.
Myself, Alder Foster, and Alder Marsha are planning to organize a public listening session and address the public's concerns at the City Council level.
City staff from various departments are working on a review of the EIS, including impacts of noise, stormwater and other issues. The end result will likely be a response to the EIS from the Mayor's office, but the staff analysis will be shared when complete.
A final decision by the federal government will be made early next year.
Madison's Public Market
A public information meeting for the design reveal for Madison's Public Market will be at 6 p.m., September 5, at the Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King Junior Blvd., Madison, Wis.
After several years of planning and an extensive public engagement process, which gathered input from thousands of community members, this meeting will be the public's first opportunity to view the nearly complete design for the Public Market Building. At the meeting, the public will see more detailed designs that will offer a mix of experiences in the space. City Staff and the project architects will share information about the mix and layout of merchants at the market, the event spaces, informal gathering areas, the market kitchen, outdoor plazas and potential community arts/exhibit spaces. There will also be an update on pedestrian, bike and car access, building entries and landscaping ideas. Finally, staff will share how sustainability features will be included in the design, such as innovative water conservation
techniques, solar panels and natural ventilation.
The meeting will include poster size images of the designs, a presentation from the architecture team, a question and answer session with project leaders and opportunity to ask one-on-one questions about the designs in smaller breakout groups after the presentation.
The Public Market will be located at 200 North First Street, Madison, Wis., within a soon-to-be-vacant building, which currently houses City Fleet Services. Fleet Services will move to a new location at 4151 Nakoosa Trail when the new construction is complete next year. After the move, the reconstruction and renovation will begin at 200 North First Street for the new Madison Public Market, set to open in Fall 2021. The Public Market project will bring new life to this existing city-owned facility that would otherwise become obsolete with the relocation of Fleet Services.
In May, the City hosted an open house for the public to see the first round of designs for the Public Market, and more than 1,000 people attended.
The Madison Public Market is a $13 million project. The City of Madison has included $7.5 million in the City's Capital Budget. The Madison Public Market Foundation launched a campaign and has now raised over $1 million toward a $4 million goal for the project. Of the $4 million, $2.5 million will go to the building project, and $1.5 million will be used for future market operations. The $1.5 million was not included in the City's Capital Budget. The Market anticipates receiving equity through the tax credit program of $3 million (20 percent of total project costs). State and federal grants and tax increment financing may also support a part of project costs.
The City of Madison will maintain ownership of the building. The Madison Public Market Foundation, an independent non-profit organization, will manage and operate the facility.
The Sept. 5 public information meeting will be streamed live online for anyone who cannot attend.
Resources to connect, stay updated on Public Market:
Stay updated on the City's Madison Public Market Project Page
1212 Huxley Affordable Housing Building
Those who missed the public input meeting in late July will have another oppertunity to learn more about this project on September 5th at the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Committee meeting. If you are interested in attending, the meeting is held at the Madison Municipal Building, Room 153. There will be a maximum 20 minutes for presentations and 15 minutes allotted for Q&A from Committee members. The tentative presentation schedule is:
- MSP Real Estate 6:10- 6:45pm
Applications and supplemental materials have been uploaded into Legistar and are included in the Committee agenda. The CDBG Committee will finalize funding recommendations at the October 3rd meeting, at the same location as above.
Please let me know if you have more questions about the project.
Final Sandbag Collection Opportunity Begins September 9
The final opportunity for curbside sandbag collection will begin on Monday, September 9, 2019.
In order for residents to have their sandbags collected efficiently, residents must first visit the City of Madison Flooding website to find out if they live in the "Flood Zone" or "Request Pickup" areas.
Steps for Curbside Collection for Residents in the Flood Zone. Residents with homes that fall within the Flood Zone should place their sandbags on the terrace or road edge.
Collection crews will be circling the Flood Zone areas beginning on Monday, September 9. Residents in the Flood Zone must get their bags to the curb or terrace prior to Sunday, September 22 to ensure collection. Sandbags placed to the curb after September 22 will not be picked up.
When placing sandbags out for collection, do not put them in the street or gutter. Also, do not cover sandbags with brush, leaves, or yard waste. Please note that sandbag collection crews will not go on private property to remove bags.
Steps for Curbside Collection for Residents in the Request Pickup Areas. Residents with homes that fall within the Request Pickup areas should place their sandbags on the terrace or road edge. Collection of these bags will begin on September 9.
After residents in the Request Pickup areas place their sandbags to the curb, they must submit a request for sandbag collection. Upon receipt of the request, the City will send a crew to collect the bags as soon as possible.
Residents in the Request Pickup area have until September 22 to get their sandbags to the road edge and submit their collection request. Sandbags placed out to the curb after September 22 will not be picked up.
Residents can request sandbag collection in two ways:
2. Call the sandbag collection hotline at (608) 242-6001 and follow the recorded directions.
When placing sandbags out for collection, do not put them in the street or gutter. Also, do not cover sandbags with leaves or other yard waste while awaiting collection. Sandbag collection crews will not go on private property to remove bags.
Haul Sandbags to a Drop-off Site
Madison residents can also haul their sandbags themselves to the sandbag drop-off site at 4602 Sycamore Ave.
Sandbags that are hauled to this site should be placed in the public sandbag drop-off area.
What Happens to the Sandbags
After crews collect sandbags, they will be hauled to 4602 Sycamore Ave.
A loader with a special attachment will scoop the sandbags into a hopper. Once in the hopper, a series of blades will rip the bags open and the sand will filter out.
The empty sandbag husks will be hauled to the landfill.
The remaining sand will be stored for future use as fill material in various city projects.
Additional information about the flooding in Madison can be found on the City of Madison flooding website, www.cityofmadison.com/flooding.
I hope you all had a good summer. As always, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns.
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