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Alder Keith Furman

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Council President

Alder Keith Furman,
Council President

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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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November Office Hours and 6145 Mineral Point Road Project Update

November 4, 2020 10:39 AM

I will be hosting office hours in November virtually on Friday, November 6th in the morning and Monday, November 9th in the afternoon. My goal is to offer two sessions before next week's budget vote. I will be using Zoom (with video). 

Please use the registration links below to get the Zoom link. When you register, you'll also get an e-mail reminder on the day of Office Hours. You can register in advance or the day of.

Note: I have set it up so I can only meet one person at a time. If I'm meeting with someone else, there will be a small waiting period in a meeting lobby. If you don't want to use Zoom, I will be answering calls (608-912-0000) during this time as long as I'm not speaking with someone else. 

Virtual Office Hours: Friday, 11/06/2020 @ 07:30 AM - 9:30 AM 

Register for 11/06/2020 Office Hours:

If you don't wish to use your PC for your audio or use Zoom at all, you can call me: 608-912-0000

Virtual Office Hours: Monday, 11/09/2020 @ 04:30 PM - 6:30 PM*

*Note: There is a Plan Commission hearing that evening for 6145 Mineral Point Road (details below) that I will attend. Hearings don't start until 5:45pm and I don't expect this item to be first. I will end Office Hours once the hearing for this item starts.

Register for 11/09/2020 Office Hours:

If you don't wish to use your PC for your audio or use Zoom at all, you can call me: 608-912-0000

If you have a question, concern, or topic of interest that you would like to discuss, but the times above don't work for you, you can e-mail me.

Proposed Development at 6145 Mineral Point Road Update (Gorman / AgeBetter): Upcoming Plan Commission Meeting on Monday, 11/9

I've received a good deal of feedback on the proposed Gorman/Age Better project next to Oakwood Village. The Common Council ultimately has to approve the project, but it gets recommendations from the Urban Design Commission (UDC) and the Plan Commission.

UDC recommended the project application be denied due to "architectural aesthetics, materials, site plan issues presented, removal of natural landscape, size of structure related to the footprint and site, and pedestrian circulation". They did note "that a redesign could potentially reduce massing or site layout changes and/or different site altogether to find an acceptable solution."

The Plan Commission had similar concerns but was ultimately OK with the location. They asked the developer to come back with an updated proposal.

Gorman and Age Better do not have another option available to it on the Oakwood property for the development of their project. I'm disappointed with the loss of trees, but I feel strongly this is an important project for Madison. We don't have enough affordable [senior] housing in Madison. Even without the promised access to the Oakwood Village campus, this location is outstanding with easy access to bus service.

The updated proposal will be [virtually] in front of the Plan Commission on Monday, November 9th at 5:45pm. 

Age Better Project Render 1

Age Better Project Render 2

The following changes have been made to the project proposal:

Architectural Revisions:

  • Reduced footprint of building
    • 17' – 22' in the east/west direction
    • 18'-8" in the north/south direction
  • Reduced living units on 1st floor and replaced with indoor/covered parking to accommodate the parking loss on the lower level;
  • 1st floor interior parking provides a safe, covered location for tenant pick-up/drop-off;
  • A 5th floor (at a maximum height of 70') added to shift units up from the building reduction and moving units from the first floor;
  • More prominent front door entry created on Mineral Point Road; a double height space with convenience stair to the first floor amenity spaces;
  • Adjustment to the location of the elevator core to allow guest entry at the lower level, accessible from Mineral Point Road;
  • Private balconies added to most units;
  • Sunroom and outdoor patio space added on the 5th floor for additional tenant outdoor access;
  • Expansion of solar array field on rooftop due to removal of green roof;
  • Building's exterior design revised to introduce the unit balconies. A number of balconies are partially recessed to provide 'movement' on the façade, reducing the flat appearance previously mentioned;
  • Exterior material palette revised to a warmer tone, adjusting the colors of brick and cement-board siding;
  • Entrance canopies enlarged and additional stone façade used to enhance the front doors at both the entrance court and Mineral Point Road;
  • Additional glazing added into the lower level parking structure, reducing the solid base of the building previously proposed. Windows into the parking structure are being proposed as frosted glass as to hide the view into the parking structure at night but still allow illumination.

Site Revisions:

  • Widened, more prominent main entrance walk incorporated on the south side of the building. Colorful benches, bike racks, movable planters, textured concrete and filtered, birch leaf canopy provides identity and comfort;
  • Two, table-top crosswalks with signage incorporated to slow traffic and improve accessibility for residents as they walk to/from Age Better to the Oakwood Campus;
  • Reduction in driveway steepness down to the lower level parking garage due to a shortened building and lengthened drive;
  • 11 surface parking stalls originally proposed have been reduced to 6 surface stalls for entrance into the 1st floor, enclosed parking;
  • Additional plantings, 15 times greater than the required minimum, added surrounding the foundation and throughout open spaces;
  • Bioretention basin increase resulting in the removal of the underground TSS chamber and 8,000 square foot green roof previously proposed;
  • Green roof sedum plantings added around the 5th-floor sunroom and rooftop patio


You can view their updated application here:


As always, if there is anything I can do to help, feel free to reach out:

-Keith F

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