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Effective today, March 20, 2014, Sue Ellingson has resigned from the Madison Common Council.

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Development approval process
What the city can--and can't--do
Development is driven by private investment.  The City has a lot of "no" power, but very limited power to force action.  We'd say "no" if a foundry asked to build on Park St.  But the City cannot tell a developer, "You must apartment building" (or anything for that matter).
Once a private developer has committed to a project, the City can influence the design.  Even then, we're limited by the tolerance of the developer.  They aren't required to invest their money; they can always pull out.  We try to get a project the best it can be without driving the developer away.
What neighbors can do
Tell me your opinion about a proposal:
Email your opinion to review commissions.  Speak at public hearings by these bodies.  Ask your neighbors to do the same. 


1414 S Park St

1414 S Park St is approved.





Madison taxi - 1403 Gilson St
Madison Taxi is approved.
Gilson St facade:
107 S Mills
107 S Mills is approved.
Longfellow School, 210 S Brooks
Longfellow School is approved.
St James Ct is approved.  
1902 Monroe St has been approved.
View from Harrison, across from Trader Joe's:
2620 Monroe St and 665 Knickerbocker
This is approved.
1129 S Park St - Gas station

The new gas station is complete.




1033 High St

This proposal for 1033 High St is approved.  It has 67 units and underground parking.  




Wingra shores 2nd building, 2628 Arbor dr

This proposal for 2628 Arbor Dr is approved.  36 units, underground parking. 


Back (toward Monroe St):



Lane's Bakery, 448 S Park St

This proposal to redevelop the Lane's Bakery site, 448 S Park St, is approved. This will be a 5-story, mixed use building. The first floor will have 6500 feet of retail space. The upper 4 floors will have 40 apartments.  There is underground parking.


Southeast, view from Park & Drake:



THE IDEAL, 502 s park st

The Ideal, at 502 S Park St, is complete.




Meriter Daycare, 201 S Mills St

Meriter's daycare building, at 201 S Mills St, is complete.






Beth Israel Center, 1406 Mound St, has proposed a major renovation and addition.  We had a neighborhood meeting and there was strong support for the proposal.  They hope to begin construction in summer 2014.



Wingra Clinic, 1102 S Park St

Wingra Clinic is completed.

      Wingra Clinic building