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Alder Barbara Vedder

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Alder Barbara Vedder

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Home Address:

2314 E Dayton St

Council Office

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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E Johnson Reconstruction - Eken Park Historic Meeting

April 14, 2016 5:18 PM

Public Involvement Meeting for East Johnson Street Reconstruction
(North Baldwin Street to First Street)

The first public involvement meeting for the reconstruction of E. Johnson Street extends approximately 3,000 feet along E. Johnson Street from (N. Baldwin Street to First Street) in the city of Madison will take place:

  • Thursday, April 28 6:00 - 8:00pm
  • Lapham Elementary School, 1045 E Dayton ST

The meeting will be conducted in an informal, open house format to allow for dialogue and individual questions and comments. A brief presentation will be given at 6:30 p.m. The city of Madison and design consultant representatives will be available to discuss the proposed project and address questions or concerns.
The proposed project will include reconstruction of the existing roadway from just east of N. Baldwin Street to immediately east of N. First Street. The proposed project includes pavement reconstruction, curb and gutter, widening along the west side of N. First Street, existing sidewalk spot replacements and repairs, new multi-use path/sidewalk, Americans with Disabilities Act compliant curb ramps, on-street bicycle lanes, storm sewer lateral replacement, new street lighting, replacement of sanitary sewer and water main, new pavement marking, and new signs. The project will include fitting existing drainage patterns into the reconstruction. The existing storm sewer system will be used to control stormwater.
On-street bicycle accommodations in both directions will be provided as part of the project. The exception being between Marston Avenue and the Yahara River (adjacent to Tenney Park), where an outbound on-street bike lane will be provided but an inbound bike-lane will not.Inbound bicyclists and pedestrians will utilize the existing multi-use path within Tenney Park.
To accommodate the outbound bike-lane adjacent to Tenney Park while avoiding impacts to Tenney Park, maintaining a 4-foot wide median between opposing travel lanes and minimizing impacts to existing terrace trees and sidewalk, it is proposed to narrow the travel lanes from 11 feet to 10 feet adjacent to Tenney Park (between Marston Avenue and the Yahara River).Narrowing the travel lanes provides the width needed to construct an outbound on-street bike lane without having to widen the roadway.
Pedestrian accommodations currently exist and will be maintained on both sides of the roadway.
Tenney Park and the Yahara River Parkway (including the Yahara River Bridge) are adjacent to and cross the project and considered public park areas [Section 4(f) properties] and/or are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and are City of Madison Landmarks.Impacts are not anticipated to these properties but temporary easements may be needed to accommodate grading.The project will not be reconstructing the Yahara River Bridge.The only work anticipated on the bridge is pavement marking modifications to mark on-street bike lanes.The project team is seeking your input on any concerns individuals may have with how the project is impacting these resources.
Persons with a concern for or knowledge about historic buildings and structures and archaeological sites are encouraged to attend this meeting or provide comments to the local units of government or the consultant.
The city of Madison will be assessing property owners in accordance with city policy.
The project is currently in the preliminary design phase with design completion anticipated in August 2017 and construction anticipated for 2018.
If you have any questions or concerns that may assist in the development of this project, we encourage you to attend the meeting. If you cannot attend this meeting or would like additional information, feel free to contact the project staff listed below:

Chris Petykowski, P.E.
Principal Engineer, City of Madison
City-County Building, Room 115
210 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Madison, WI 53703
Phone:  (608) 267-8678

Eric D. Hanson, P.E.
Consultant Project Manager
Strand Associates, Inc.®
910 West Wingra Street
Madison, WI 53715
Phone:  (608) 251?4843
Lapham Elementary is wheelchair-accessible. Citizens who require a sign language interpreter may request one by contacting project staff through the Wisconsin Telecommunication Relay System at 711 or 1?800?947?3529.  
If you need an interpreter, translator, materials in alternate formats or other accommodations to access this service, activity or program, please call the phone number below immediately.
Si necesita un intérprete, un traductor, materiales en formatos alternativos u otros arreglos para acceder a este servicio, actividad o programa, comuníquese  inmediatamente al número de teléfono que figura a continuación.
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Please contact Chris Petykowski of the Engineering Division at (608) 267-8678.


Chris Petykowski, City of Madison, 608-267-8678,
Eric Hanson, Strand Associates, Inc., 608-251-4843,

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Please join us for informational meeting on Thursday April 28, 2016 at 7:00 PM at Bashford United Methodist Church, 325 North Street, Madison, Wisconsin.

The City of Madison is pleased to announce that the Wisconsin Historical Society has awarded Certified Local Government Historic Preservation Fund Subgrant funds to conduct an architectural survey in the area of Eken Park on Myrtle Street and the nortside of Coolidge Street.

The City believes the Eken Park neighborhood is an intact example of the mass produced housing developments of the World War II-era that were located near employment centers. In conjunction with the recently adopted neighborhood plan that recommends the preservation of the quality and character of the houses at Eken Park, the architectural survey will provide information that can be used toward the protection and preservation of Madison's unique built environment.

In addition to the survey, the Historical Society indicated that this area is likely eligible to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district and the grant funding may also cover the costs to prepare a National Register nomination for this district. This listing would allow property owners of contributing properties to participate in the tax credit for rehabilitation program. Information about this voluntary tax credit program can be found at the Wisconsin Historical Society website.

The National Register listing does not provide any additional local regulations for the property. The proposed boundaries of the historic district are shown in the attached map. The boundaries may change as the survey progresses, but this is an accurate starting point.

The next step in the National Register historic district nomination process is to hold a meeting with the property owners within the boundary of the proposed historic district to discuss the benefits of National Register listing.

For More information contact:  Amy L. Scanlon, Registered Architect, City of Madison Preservation Planner

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