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Alder Barbara Vedder

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Alder Barbara Vedder

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2314 E Dayton St

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210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
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Madison, WI 53703
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District 12 Update

Greetings! You might see a different format for this email. I have switched to the city's "Blog" format which provides me opportunity to tag and catagorize the emails in case you want to find it on the Distric 12 website. I'll still try to group emails so I don't clutter you inbox. As … [read more]

Sherman-North Sherman - Fordem Development

Sherman-North Sherman-Fordem Ave Development Meeting Monday June 29 at 6:00pm Center For Families 2120 Fordem Avenue Residents are invited to a presentation of a proposed multi-use redevelopment at the triangle at Sherman/North Sherman/Fordem Avenue. This is not the same as … [read more]

Week of August 3

Taste of FEED Saturday, August 8 from 4:30 to 7:00pm FEED Kitchens - 1219 North Sherman Avenue This event has a family focus. Kids activities will include hands-on pottery demonstrations, decorate-your-own-sugar-cookie instruction, scavenger hunts in the Kitchens, a fire engine from … [read more]

Oscar Mayer, Sherman Yard Art

Oscar Mayer Positions Eliminated Earlier this morning the City received the legal notification that Kraft Heinz Foods was eliminating 165 positions at the Oscar Mayer corporate offices. This is a tough day for all us, my thoughts are with the employees of Oscar Mayer. Oscar Mayer is a … [read more]

"McKenzie Place" at UDC

The proposal named "McKenzie Place" at 2107-2249 Sherman Avenue will be discussed at the next UDC (Urban Design Commission) on September 16 at 4:30pm at the City County Building Rm GR-27. It is item #10 on the UDC Agenda 9/2/15 proposed plan 9/2/15 staff report I understand that there may … [read more]

D12 September 15 Update

2016 Fordem Ave Proposed Street Resurfacing Project City of Madison Engineering, as part of our annual review of streets, has recommended Fordem Avenue from Sherman Avenue to East Johnson Street for street resurfacing in 2016. Theses streets we last done in 1970 or 1998 depending on the … [read more]

Oscar Mayer Closing

It is disappointing that Oscar Mayer has decided to leave Madison instead of investing in and flourishing with our community. Many District 12 residents and Northsiders have dedicated their lives to Oscar Mayer and will be losing their livelihoods. Oscar Mayer has been part of our … [read more]

Willy Street Co-op to look to replace Pierce's

Below is a press release from Willy Street Co-Op about their negotiations with Pierce's and the Northside TownCenter. I want to thank District 18 Alder Rebecca Kemble, who has extensive experience working with cooperatives, who has been engaging with Willy Street Co-Op and city economic … [read more]

District 12 Happenings

Fordem Avenue Resurfacing Meeting The City of Madison is proposing to resurface Fordem Avenue from East Johnson Street to Sherman Avenue in 2016. A project location map is enclosed for your reference. City Engineering will host a public informational meeting regarding the project … [read more]

Three Northside Meetings of Note

Greetings! In the next two weeks there will be three very different meetings on the Northside of items that I believe are important to District 12 residents. I look forward to seeing you there! Oscar Mayer Site Public Listening Session Wednesday February 24 6:30pm Warner … [read more]

Police Community Notification, Brush Collection continues

North District Police Community Notification Meeting Date of Meeting: Thursday April 7, 2016 Time of Meeting: 6:00 PM-7:30 PM Place of Meeting: Madison Police Department, North District Station Community Room 2033 Londonderry Drive Meeting Objective: To provide information to the … [read more]

Food, Food, Food!

Food continues to be a hot topic in District 12. Quite a few developments are happing that revolve around either food production, distribution or consumption. Public Market The owners of the Washington Plaza Shopping Center (at the corner of First Street and East Washington Ave) have … [read more]

Willy North opens Monday August 15!

I'm excited to receive word that the Willy Street Co-Op new Northside location will be open for business this coming Monday, August 15 at 7:30am! Madison, WI (August 12, 2016) - The wait is over! Willy Street Co-op's new Northside location at 2817 N. Sherman Avenue will “softly” … [read more]

District 12 Round Up

2017 City Budget Not only does the end of August bring students back to school, it begins the Common Council's discussion of the next city budget. For city staff, it really begins back in January so there is an extraordinary amount of work putting together each year's budget. We're … [read more]

News that Might Interest You

Busse Tavern Liquor License Pluic Hearings A new proposed owner of Busse Tavern at 2005 N Sherman Ave has requested a liquor license. The city will have two public hearings to allow residents to express support, interest, questions and concerns. ALRC (Alcohol License Review Committee) … [read more]

The Next Two Weeks

November is a time when city government really kicks into high gear. The 2017 budget is being debated and projects are being discussed for action next year. This November is no different. As I look at my city calendar I see lots going on. I thought it would be interesting to share some of … [read more]

Plethora of Updates

City 2017 Budget The 2017 Capital and Operating Budget have been approved by the Council and signed by the Mayor. Only amendments brought forward by at least two Council members were discussed so a significant part of the budget is very consistent with previous budgets. I’m pleased … [read more]

F-35, Parks and Street Safety

Truax Field F-35 You might have heard about the Air Force's decision to include the 115th Fighter Wing at Truax Field as one of the five candidate sites for the next generation F-35 aircraft. The Air Force has slowly been winnowing down its list and I have been informed will now be making a … [read more]

Chip Sealing - Northside Schools Forum Update

City Streets Chip Sealing I have been notified that a substantial number of District 12 streets will be “Chip Sealed” this year (see map above). Chip sealing is an important part of the City of Madison’s Pavement Management Program. The benefits that the City of Madison and its … [read more]

Foxconn and Oscar Mayer site

Dear Residents- Foxconn. A company that has been in the news lately for proposing a 20 million square feet factory on about 1.56 square miles, employing from 3,000 to 13,000 employees with a $3,000,000,000 taxpayer subsidy. More recently, it's apparent that they're interested in a … [read more]

Oscar Mayer Committee Members and 2018 Budget

Oscar Mayer Strategic Assessment Committee Members The Mayor has proposed, and the council has accepted, the following recommendations for mebers to the new Oscar Mayer Stategic Assessment committee. ALD. STEVE KING, District 7 - appoint to the position of Common Council Member. … [read more]

District 12 Update

Madison Public Market The Madison Public Market is moving along and picking up steam. The Foundation hosted a successful "Taste of the Market" event and is planning for more. Vendors have now been selected for the MarketReady program – designed to support a diverse group of people to be … [read more]

Police, Polling and Radon

Madison Police Department Public Information Session Join Dane County Supervisor Michelle Ritt, Madison Alders Rebecca Kemble and Larry Palm and members of the Madison Police Department for a discussion on recent gun violence. Police respond to far too many "shots fired" calls throughout the … [read more]

Election Tuesday, F-35A Community Meeting

Election - Tuesday, February 20 There is a state-wide primary election on the Spring ballot. More specifically, there is a primary for the Wisconsin Supreme Court - which all voters are eligible for vote in. Residents in District 12 do not have a local election on the ballot. For more … [read more]

Metro Route Changes/F-35 City Resolution

Metro Route 21 Proposed Changes Metro Transit is proposing a few changes to Route 21 which provides service on the Northside. It removes the southbound right turn onto Londonderry Drive and therefore reduces the number of stops to one above Londonderry Drive and one at Manley … [read more]

Assessments, Historic Districts, "The Avenue"

2018 City of Madison PropertY Assessment The 2018 City of Madison property assessments have been posed on the city's website. City-wide property values increased 6.7% overall from the 2017 assessments. Notices were mailed to all property owners, including those whose assessment did not … [read more]

Oscar Mayer Public Meeting - Thursday August 2

The city's Oscar Mayer Strategic Assessment Committee invites you to a public Open House to discuss and provide your input in the plans for Oscar Mayer and surrounding area. Please join us next Thursday, August 2 from 6-8pm at the Warner Park Community Recreation Center. The committee … [read more]

E Johnson St Closure - Water Levels

Due to rising lake levels, City Traffic Engineering staff are closing a portion of East Johnson Street this evening. It will be closed from 1st Street to Baldwin. Detours have been established, 1st Street to East Washington Avenue to North Baldwin. We are continuing to prepare for … [read more]

Development and Other Updates

First Street Well Demolition There is currently fencing around the former Well 3 in front of the Fleet Services building at the corner of First Street and East Johnson Street. In anticipation of the reconstruction of East Johnson Street, a demolition permit was requested and approved by the … [read more]

Development-Oscar Mayer-Recyclopedia

Speed Hump Survey for Browning Road This past week, city Traffic Engineering has mailed a survey for the construction of speed humps on Browning Road between N Sherman Ave and Dryden Rd to eligible owners and residents. I encourage residents on Browning Road to respond to the survey to … [read more]

Hello and updates from Alderman Syed Abbas

Hi everyone, This is my first blog post as District 12 Alder. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to represent you. I look forward to working with you all. I'm including several neighborhood updates below: Sherman Plaza Inc. Knothe & Bruce Architects are working with the Bruns … [read more]

2830 Dryden Drive, Sherman Plaza Multi Family Apartment Building

Dear Neighbors, Please join me today for a neighborhood meeting where we will hear about a redevelopment proposal for 2830 Dryden Drive. Sherman Plaza, Inc. This project proposes to demolish the existing one-story office building on the site and construct a four-story, 27-unit multi-family … [read more]

District 12 July Update

Greetings to all residents: After three months on the City Council the experience has so far been incredibly rewarding. I am very grateful to be in the position as I continue to advocate for my constituents. Thank you for your support. During my election campaign I discussed various topics. … [read more]

F-35 - Madison Public Market - Affordable Housing and General Update.

Dear Constituents, 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 … [read more]

F-35A Community Meeting

Dear Neighbors, If you live in an area that would be impacted if Truax Field is selected for F35A aircraft, then you should receive a community meeting card in the mail. Myself, Alder Grant Foster and Alder Marsha Rummel and the city staff invite you to come together with other neighbors for a … [read more]


Hi Neighbors, Please review the latest analysis done by City of Madison on F-35 impact. You can find the report at The Air National Guard will be holding an open house to discuss the EIS tomorrow, … [read more]

Street Closure--1300 Block North Sherman Avenue

On Thursday, September 19 and on Friday, September 20 at 9:00 a.m., the 1300 block of North Sherman Avenue will be closed to through-traffic between Aberg Avenue and Boyd Avenue. The roadway will be re-opened to through-traffic by 3:00 p.m. each day. Access to all driveways on this block will … [read more]

Capital Budget Amendment 9 - Purchasing HartMeyer 30 Acres Land

Hi Neighbors, I was traveling out of state and returned yesterday evening. Here’s an update on the capital budget amendment. In this amendment, I am proposing the city of Madison buys the 30 acres of HartMeyer land next to the Oscar Mayer site. What is the HartMeyer land? Per the Friends … [read more]

Wetlands - Senior Affordable Housing - Playground Replacement - Public Market and more

Hi Neighbors, Thank you very much for reaching out to me with your feedback and comments before and during the city council budget session. Many of you came to me and expressed your concerns regarding protecting our 31 acres of wetlands at the HartMeyer site next to the Oscar Mayer … [read more]

An Update on the Oscar Mayer Special Area Plan: Public Meetings

Next week, I have organized a public meeting to hear about two important topics affecting our community regarding the Oscar Mayer Special Area Plan. In the Oscar Mayer Special Area Plan the city has proposed to open Coolidge Street to Packers Avenue. Many of you have reached out to me and … [read more]

Election Update and District 12 Polling Place Change

Hello friends and neighbors, A federal judge today refused to delay Wisconsin's April 7 election, but he pushed back to April 13 the deadline for absentee ballots to be received so they can be counted in the spring races, which include the presidential primaries. Under current law, today … [read more]


Good morning Neighbors, The Oscar Mayer Special Area Plan is going through the public input process. The list of committees and dates is below. Sharing your feedback on the topics that matter to you during this process is very important. The committees and commissions collect public input … [read more]

Occupy Madison Proposed Project Meeting on Oct 28

Dear Neighbor, Occupy Madison proposes two uses for the 1901 Aberg Avenue site (Wiggie's). The first is a temporary use for the winter to allow 25-30 people to live in conestoga style huts on the property. The building will provide a kitchen, bathrooms, showers, laundry, Internet, common … [read more]

1802-1818 Packers Avenue Affordable Housing - New Men's Shelter Neighborhood Meeting

Dear Neighbor, Liberty Mortgage & Development Company has proposed to build an affordable workforce housing development at 1802-1818 Packers Avenue. The project would be located at the corner of Packers Avenue and Schlimgen Avenue (vacant former Hertz Rent-A-Car lot). Proposed is a 68-unit … [read more]

Public Meetings for Proposed Multi-Family Building on First Street / East Washington and Northside Town Center

Public Meeting: Seven Story Multi-Family Redevelopment project at First Street and East Washington. Galway Companies is proposing a multi-family/commercial mixed-use project located at the corner of First Street and E. Washington Avenue where Washington Plaza shopping center is currently … [read more]

Housing ordinance to increase allowable densities and decrease conditional use thresholds in certain multi-family residential, mixed-use, and commercial districts.

Hi neighbors, On Monday, March 1, from 5:30pm-7:30pm, there will be a Zoom-based Community questions and answers session regarding the proposed Zoning Ordinance amendments related to allowing greater residential densities and adjusting conditional use thresholds. This ordinance will impact … [read more]

Occupy Madison Phase 2 Tiny Homes Project at 1901 Aberg Avenue

Dear Neighbor, Occupy Madison is moving forward with Phase 2 of the Tiny Homes project which will allow them to have permanent use of a tiny house village similar to the one at 304 N. 3rd Street. The project will go through a full Planned Development process at 1901 Aberg Avenue (formerly … [read more]

OM Village Public Hearing at Today's Plan Commission

Hi Neighbors, After the last week neighborhood meeting Occupy Madison Inc is moving forward to Plan Commission to amend zoning map / subdivisions to build OM Village at 1901 Aberg Avenue. Please review the agenda item, OM Village project which will be presented today at the Plan … [read more]

July 14th - Virtual Neighborhood Meeting about Proposed 521 N. Sherman Ave Restaurant

Dear Neighbor, Chris Guglielmo and Alessandro Monachello, owners of "It's Good For You," a mobile catering business that serves pizza prepared in wood fired ovens to private parties, festivals, and neighborhood events, propose to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant/pizzeria, Mio Fratello, at … [read more]

Inviting you to Important Upcoming Neighborhood Virtual Meetings

Good morning neighbors, Below are two virtual neighborhood meetings which I am organzing to engage residents and to collect your feedback. 1. Traffic Safety and Issues within the Emerson East Neighborhood Many of you have reached out to me with your concerns about the recent accidents … [read more]

255 N Sherman Avenue virtual meeting recordings

Hi Neighbors, As promised I am sharing a video recording of The International Lounge and Cafe neighborhood meeting I organized. Please review and let me know if you have questions or concerns. … [read more]

Metro Transit Network Redesign Final Public Meeting and Busses Tavern at 2005 N Sherman Virtual Neighborhood Meeting

Metro Transit Network Redesign Metro is holding a final public meeting on its network redesign on Thursday, May 19, at 6pm. The meeting will be held in person in Room 215 of the Madison Municipal Building (215 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.), and it will also be streamed live. People watching … [read more]

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