City of

District 16

Alder Michael J. Tierney

Alder Michael J. Tierney

Alder Michael J. Tierney

Contact Information

Home Address:

4534 Secret Garden Dr
McFarland , WI 53558

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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Alder Tierney’s Updates

Update on Rolling Meadows Shopping Center

March 23, 2015 2:59 PM

Below you will find a recap of the meeting on Rolling Meadows Shopping Center and an update on CVS pharmacy.  Thank you Lauren for the update.


Thanks to the 75+ (packed house) meeting attendees for spending an evening with City planners, economic developers, and alders, as well as the owner of the shopping mall (not the grocery store!)

At the meeting we learned that Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) is proposing to lease the area currently occupied by the Damascus Road Church to provide a variety of all-ages programming. Think art, dance, music, exercise, life skills, meeting room. The funding is in place from the Goodman Foundation and a contribution from Kevin Metcalfe (mall owner) to start work this summer and open late winter, with full services for the January 2016 session.


A second new tenant is a spa.


The old grocery store lot had generated interest from CVS for a drugstore. The company had a brief discussion with city planners, but was not able to present at the meeting Wednesday because a corporate-level decision had not yet been made. 


Today CVS informed city staff and me that they are NOT going to pursue this site. That's good news or bad news depending on whether you wanted a CVS or not, and how you feel about that nasty building sitting there.


Planners presented a couple "could be" scenarios that fit city zoning and plans. The plan generated good discussion, including thoughts about very dense buildouts with residential and retail/commercial uses, and some lighter buildouts with residential and retail/commercial uses. People seemed to agree that residential and retail/commercial were acceptable, including some multi-story (2-3) buildings.


Please be aware the city has no plans to build here - the city doesn't own the property and the current owner is very interested in ways to physically and financially support a change. As you can imagine, with the mall almost full now, it's pretty hard to tell everyone we're closing for a year to start over! It will take some time to craft a viable plan, but we have an engaged and interested owner, city and neighbors. All the ingredients for a successful, well-planned future.


May I leave you with this request? Patronize the tenants in the mall. Once a week, get something to eat and use a service. These business owners have committed to us with leases and products, let's commit to them with a purchase.

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