Updates & Week of Jan. 10 Meetings of Interest for District 2


District 2 Updates and Meetings of Interest

City meetings remain online only with details listed in City Meetings of Interest below; all have virtual public participation options.


Stay in touch with your neighbors through either Capitol Neighborhoods, Inc. or Campus Area Neighborhood Assoc.


There are three sections to this week's update:

  1. COVID-19 Resources & Information
  2. Other District 2 Updates
  3. City Meetings of Interest to District 2



COVID Update


From Public Health Madison & Dane County:

Dane CORE - for rental and utility assistance.

Visit the City's Coronavirus Website for Madison's COVID responses and resources.

Dane County Food Pantry Network from Community Action Coalition.

State of Wisconsin COVID-19 resources and information from state agencies, including the State Dept. Public Health

Info on UW-Madison's response to the pandemic.





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Verve Proposal

Redevelopment Proposal at N. Bassett and W. Johnson at Plan Commission on Monday

On Monday, Jan. 10, Plan Commisssion will be considering a Demolition Permit and Conditional Use Applications from Subtext Development for the Verve redevelopment proposal. Subtext proposes to demolish the eight multiflat homes and apartment buildings at 504-524 W. Johnson St., 308-312 N. Bassett St., and 505-527 Conklin Place, and construct a 12-story residential building with 144 apartments. These market rate apartments will range from 1 to 5 bedrooms with a total of 540 beds and includes 119 car parking stalls, and 268 longterm bike parking stalls. As with many other student-focused new buildings, they will rent by the bed rather than by the apartment. The proposed building conforms to its Urban Mixed-Use zoning district and the Downtown Height map that tops out at 12-stories for this area, although Zoning staff is recommending that some rooftop features be removed to conform to the 12-story limit.

The Bassett District of Capitol Neighborhoods, Inc. and the Campus Area Neighborhood Association formed a steering committee and have been meeting with Subtext to evaluate the proposal. The project plans, staff report and the neighborhood steering committee report can be found here. The steering committee remains concerned about the proposal's lack of some form of more affordable units and/or beds and has several other items of concern, including the building's management and security plans, design, and reuse/recycling plan. The Urban Design Commission has also recommended some design changes, particularly a rearrangement of the first floor layout.

Verve's proposed site is in a portion of Alder District 2 that, due to redistricting, was in District 4 prior to Jan. 1.

Tuesday, Jan. 11, Informational Meeting for Mom's Bar at 614 University Ave.

On Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 1:00pm, Andrew Greenwood will be hosting an informational meeting to discuss his proposed Mom's Bar at 614 University Avenue. Located at the former site of Karaoke Kid, Mom's Bar is seeking a Class B liquor license, an Entertainment License, and a Conditional Use for a nightclub in the downtown Alcohol Overlay District. Capacity is expected to 50 and Mom's proposes to close by midnight seven days a week. According to Mr Greenwood, Mom's Bar will have karaoke happy hour daily, regular karaoke nights, and on occasion, live jazz, low-key bands, dances, and open mic. He expects to open on approximately Feb. 7.

The Alcohol and Entertainment License applications are expected to be at the Alcohol License and Review Committee on Jan. 19 while the Conditional Use Application could be at Plan Commission as soon as March 7. I will detail participation and viewing options for both those meetings the weekend prior.

All are welcome to attend the informational meeting and/or to email me with input (district2@cityofmadison.com). 

Air National Guard and 115th Fighter Wing Open House on Jan. 11

The Air National Guard and the 115th Fighter Wing are hosting an open house event on Jan. 11, where representatives from the National Guard Bureau (NGB) and EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., PBC (EA), will provide the general public with an overview of the upcoming scheduled remedial investigation that was awarded in September 2020. The event is scheduled to take place in the Mitby Theater at Madison Area Technical College's Truax Campus, Jan. 11 at 6 p.m.

The NGB and EA will present an overview of progress to date, detail the steps of the remediation process, and allow community members to ask questions or submit concerns through written comments. In addition, the NGB will give a presentation on the Relative Risk Site Evaluation (RRSE) process and the results of the evaluation performed at Truax Field. The RRSE is an Air Force requirement and is a tool used to sequence sites and installations to begin the remedial investigation process.

Representatives from the 115th Fighter Wing and Dane County Regional Airport will also be available to address audience questions following the presentation.

For the 115th Fighter Wing, the process of determining and mitigating cases of environmental contamination are dictated by the Environmental Protection Agency's Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) process. Commonly referred to as Superfund, it allows the EPA to clean up contaminated sites through a series of prescribed phases. The remedial investigation moves Truax Field to the next step in the process.

For a detailed timeline of PFAS remediation efforts at Truax Field, visit the Wisconsin National Guard PFOS/PFOA information page at https://ng.wi.gov/pfas.

New District Map

Another Reminder for Tenney-Lapham, Sherman Terrace Area, and Fordem Avenue

Due to the redistricting process and as of Jan. 1, the Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood has joined District 6 across E. Washington Ave., represented by Brian Benford. The Sherman Terrace area, including apartments along Fordem Ave. and homes along Sherman Ave., has moved to District 12, represented by Syed Abbas.

Some useful information follows for those who have moved to either District 6 or District 12:

I'm not sure which alder district I will reside in:

I would like to subscribe to my new alder's updates/blog:

  • See the Common Council webpages for either Brian Benford (District 6) or Syed Abbas (District 12) where you can "Subscribe to Email List". You will then receive an email whenever your new alder makes a post.

I would like to unsubscribe from the District 2 email list:

  • There is an "Update My Subscriptions" link at the bottom of the email you received about this Alder Update. I do not have the ability to unsubscribe you, so you will have to use that link.

There is no requirement for you to receive only your alder's emails; you are more than welcome to subscribe to multiple alders' email lists.

Not Homeless Enough

Save the Date: Jan. 20 Virtual Event - Not Homeless Enough

Brought about through a collaboration between the Doubled Up Workgroup, a subgroup of the Homeless Services Consortium, and the Madison Public Library, Not Homeless Enough will feature filmmaker Diane Nilan and her short documentary on families experiencing doubled up and self-paying hotel homelessness in Madison and Dane County. The screening will be held online Thursday January 20, 6-7pm. There will be a short discussion afterward of positive steps to take in our community. The event is free and open to the public but pre-registration is required. Register HERE.


Below are some pertinent agenda items from city committees that are meeting this week. If you click on meeting "Details" below, you will find participation and viewing options, and a link to the full meeting agenda. If you click on a item from within an agenda, you will see all documents that relate to that item.


I appreciate hearing from you on any agenda items on which you have a particular interest or concern.



President's Work Group on Environmental Justice: Details

3:30pm, Monday, Jan. 10, 2022




Agenda Item 2

Discussion Regarding the Creation of a PFAS Outreach Strategy



Finance Committee: Details

4:30pm, Monday, Jan. 10, 2022




Agenda Item 17

A Resolution authorizing a sole source contract authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute a service contract with RENEW Wisconsin, Inc. to administer the three annual MadiSUN solar programs for residential, business, nonprofit and affordable housing solar installations, through 2024.


Agenda Item 18

SUBSTITUTE - A Resolution authorizing a sole source contract authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute a service contract with Sustain Dane to administer the City of Madison's Community Food Waste Reduction Initiative that is being funded through a USDA Grant.


Agenda Item 26

Authorizing the Mayor and the City Clerk to execute agreements with current and future municipalities, institutions, and organizations, including but not limited to the Cities of Middleton, Fitchburg, Sun Prairie, and Verona, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison College, UW Health, and Madison Metropolitan School District for provision of transit service benefiting these partner municipalities, institutions and organizations.



Transportation Policy and Planning Board: Details

5:00pm, Monday, Jan. 10, 2022




Agenda Item 5

Vision Zero Action Plan



Plan Commission: Details

5:30pm, Monday, Jan. 10, 2022


Conditional Use Requests, Demolition Permits & Related Items


Note: Items 14-16 are related and should be considered together. 


Agenda Item 14

504-524 W Johnson Street, 308-312 N Bassett Street, and 505-527 Conklin Place; 4th Ald. Dist.: Consideration of a demolition permit to allow eight residential buildings to be razed.

Note: Items 14, 15, and 16 are related to a redevelopment proposal in a portion of Alder District 2 that due to redistricting was in District 4 prior to Jan. 1. See more details in "Other District 2 Updates" above.


Agenda Item 15

504-524 W Johnson Street, 308-312 N Bassett Street, and 505-527 Conklin Place; 4th Ald. Dist: Consideration of a conditional use in the Urban Mixed-Use (UMX) District for a new building greater than 20,000 square feet and more than four stories; consideration of a conditional use in the UMX District for a multi-family dwelling with greater than eight units; and consideration of a conditional use in the UMX District for outdoor recreation, all to allow construction of a twelve-story, 144-unit apartment building.


Agenda Item 16

Approving a Certified Survey Map of property owned by Subtext Acquisitions, LLC located at 504-524 W Johnson Street, 308-312 N Bassett Street, and 505-527 Conklin Place; 4th Ald. Dist. 


Agenda Item 18

1128 E Washington Avenue; 6th Ald. Dist.: Consideration of a demolition permit to demolish a restaurant-tavern.

Note: This item is related to the redevelopment proposed for the current site of the Avenue Club. The Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra proposes to demolish the Avenue Club and build a new building with rehearsal and studio spaces, offices, practice rooms, and spaces for community gathering. The project plans, the staff report, and other materials related to the Demolition Application can be found here. There are no Conditional Use Permits required for this proposal, but the Urban Design Commission is an approving body and provided initial approval at their Dec. 15 meeting with final approval consideration at a future meeting. UDC had concerns related to the exterior color and material choices, so changes to those are to be determined. This location was in Alder District 2, but due to redistricting moved to District 6 on Jan. 1.



Public Safety Review Committee: Details

5:00pm, Wednesday, Jan, 12, 2022


Agenda Item 3

Report/Discussion on CARES Unit - Assistant Chief Che Stedman


Agenda Item 4

For Information Only - Chief Barnes Quarterly Report


Agenda Item 5

Report from the Madison Police Department including information on the recent gun violence. Information on police responding to homeless (protocols, policies, or tactics)


Agenda Item 6

Madison Police Strategic Plan Update




Agenda Item 10

Update from the May 2021 PSRC meeting on the roles of the Police and Fire Commission, Public Safety Review Committee, and Citizen Oversight Board.




Agenda Item 11

Discussion on MPD's use of chemical munitions


Agenda Item 12

Madison Metropolitan School District Safety and Officer Response




Agenda Item 13

Implementing Body-Worn Camera Pilot Program



Transportation Commission: Details

5:00pm, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022




Agenda Item 8

Adopt the High Injury Network

20 mins



Board of Park Commissioners: Details

6:30pm, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022


Agenda Item 9



Agenda Item 11

Lessons Learned During COVID19 Pandemic Regarding Community Events



Agenda Item 13

Review of 2021 Carts in Parks Pilot Program



Agenda Item 14

Request from Staff to extend 2021 Carts in Parks to April 2022 and grant Facilities Programs and Fees the authority to work with staff to approve and permit Carts in Parks 2.0 for 2022 vending season.



Agenda Item 15

2022 Proposed Aquatics Fees



Agenda Item 19

Flood Mitigation Watershed Study Program Overview



Agenda Item 20

Amending the 2022 Capital Budget, accepting the Lake Monona Waterfront - Design Challenge process and establishing a Lake Monona Waterfront Ad-hoc Committee.



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