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Alder Patrick Heck

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Alder Patrick Heck

Contact Information

Home Address:

123 N. Blount St #303

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 Heck’s Updates

Updates & Week of March 7 Meetings of Interest for District 2

March 6, 2022 8:22 AM

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.


Useful Links Image
  • Sign-ups for the Master Recycler course for this April are now available here.

  • Fueling Philanthropy, a group of UW students, have $50,000 to award to a number of Wisconsin-based 501c3s committed to sustainable social change (equity and inclusion work included). More info here. Application closes 3/11.

  • Due March 15th by 11:59 p.m. - Madison Arts Commission annual grants of up to $3,000 to support art project are now open and a special grant program called "Artists at Work" in the amount of $15,000 - $29,000 to support job creation for the creative sector. More info here.


Shamrock Shuffle Map

March 12 Shamrock Shuffle to Close Some Downtown Streets

The annual Shamrock Shuffle takes place the morning of Saturday, March 12. Early morning impacts in District 2 should be limited to the start and outgoing route since the 5K and 10K routes start at 8:15am and 8:00am, respectively. Both routes start and finish on State Street between Lake and Frances, so the 600 block of State Street will be closed until noon. The outgoing route follows State, Gilman, Carroll, and Langdon Streets before heading west and then finishing at State and Frances. More details here.

400 State Block Revised Proposal Rendering
Proposed Building

March 8 Meeting of Steering Committee for 400 Block of State Redevelopment Proposal

The steering committee of the Mansion Hill District of Capitol Neighborhoods, Inc. (CNI), that is evaluating the redevelopment proposal put forth by JD McCormick Properties for 428 to 444 State Street is scheduled to meet again virtually on Tuesday, March 8 at 5:30pm. 

The Zoom link for Tuesday's steering committee meeting was not available as of publication, but those on the steering committee list and the Mansion Hill Neighborhood listserv will receive the link via email notification. If you'd like to be added to the steering committee's email list, please email me at

The developer proposes to demolish the three mixed-use buildings at 428 through 444 State Street and construct a new a five- to six-story, mixed-use building with 26 dwelling units and first floor commercial spaces. The developer will be seeking Demolition Permits and will need formal approvals from the Urban Design Commission and Plan Commission. You can find the project plans and land use application here and read more about the proposal and city processes in my past Alder Updates, including one from several weeks ago available here.

The first neighborhood steering committee meeting was held Feb. 23 when the development team presented their proposal and neighbors gave feedback and asked questions. Some concerns were raised about the lack of affordable rents for the apartments, the displacement of the local businesses on the ground floor of the existing buildings, and the proposed height of the front facade (4 stories) being too tall and the overall design not being in character with much of State Street. The developer indicated that they were hoping that the commercial tenants would find nearby locations, but they only knew of one of the four tenants finding a new location on State Street. They also said that discounting rents for the apartments was not possible without some form of subsidy due to the high cost of new construction.

The steering committee will continue working with neighbors, the development team, and other interested parties. The committee's goals will include a report that will form the input on the proposal from CNI. If you'd like to get onto the steering committee's email list or give input on the proposal, please email me at



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 an 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.
Plan Commission: Details
5:30pm, Monday, March 7, 2022
Agenda Item 8
Amending Chapter 28 to create an outdoor eating area, temporary, associated with a food and beverage establishment as a use category in Chapter 28, amending Tables 28D-2, 28E-2, 28F-1 and 28G-1 to include the new use category, and amending Subchapter 28J: Supplemental Regulations.
File Nos. 69379 and 69380, establish the Roadway Cafe permit program; an alternative to a privilege in street that would otherwise be required under Section 10.31 of the Madison General Ordinances (MGO) and Wis. Stat. § 66.0425, and would allow for a licensed sidewalk cafe to expand into portions of certain roadways. While the companion ordinances will allow for expanded outdoor dining options in the right-of-way, this ordinance will allow for expanded outdoor dining areas on private zoning lots.
Conditional Use Requests & Demolition Permits
Agenda Item 11
614 University Avenue; 2nd Ald. Dist.: Consideration of a conditional use in the Urban Mixed-Use (UMX) District for a nightclub.
From the Staff Report:
The applicant, representing Mom's Bar, is requesting a conditional use for a nightclub for a bar with karaoke and live music at 614 University Avenue. The applicant is pursuing an entertainment license and plans to pursue karaoke, live bands, DJ'd dances, and open mic nights. Musical acts will occur on a small stage located at the front of the tenant space adjacent to the University Avenue entrance. No food will be served, and no structural changes to the building or tenant space are proposed, other than changes to signage and cosmetic interior changes. Hours of operation are proposed to be 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. every day. A nightclub previously occupied this space, but ceased operation more than twelve months ago, necessitating approval of a new conditional use.
Full Staff Report available here.
Note that I support this application. The applicant has expressed a strong desire for Mom's Bar to be a community space as well as a bar. His willingness to close at midnight each night supports that mission and should prevent the business from creating problems at bar time when MPD and city resources are so taxed in the State Street/University Avenue areas.
- Upcoming Matters - April 11, 2022
- 428-444 State Street - Demolition Permit, Conditional Use and Certified Survey Map Referral - Demolish three buildings to construct six-story tall mixed-use building adjacent to Lisa Link Peace Park with up to 6,445 square feet of commercial space and 26 apartments on one lot
City-County Homeless Issues Committee: Details
5:30pm, Monday, March 7, 2022
Agenda Item 2
Development of Madison/Dane County's Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness (presentation by HSC Community Plan Oversight Committee) 
Agenda Item 3
Update on City of Madison Housing Forward Strategies (presentation by the City of Madison Community Development Division)
Agenda Item 4
Men's Shelter Updates
Agenda Item 5
Covid-19 Response Update
Urban Design Commission: Details
4:30pm, Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Agenda Item 2
E. Washington Avenue - Redevelopment of the Salvation Army Campus to Include Homeless Shelter with Support Services, Apartment Complex and Underground Parking in UDD No. 8. 2nd Ald. Dist.
Owner: Major Andrew Shiels, Salvation Army
Applicant: Marc Ott, JLA Architects
Final Approval is Requested UDC is an Approving Body
Note: The Salvation Army is seeking final design approval by UDC. The project plans are here and related materials can be found here.
Public Safety Review Committee: Details
5:00pm, Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Agenda Item 2
Report from the Madison Fire Department /CAREs unit update

Agenda Item 3
For Information Only - Chief Barnes Quarterly Report 
Agenda Item 4
Report from the Madison Police Department including information on recent gun violence and an update on strategic planning
Agenda Item 5
Update on Police Administration of maintaining Chronic Nuisance Reports
Agenda Item 6
Discussion - Police update on WDOJ youth mentoring pass-through grant to RISE Wisconsin $33,600
Agenda Item 7
Adopting the Vision Zero Action Plan and directing staff to implement the recommendations in the plan.

Agenda Item 8
Update from the May 2021 PSRC meeting on the roles of the Police and Fire Commission, Public Safety Review Committee, and Citizen Oversight Board.
Board of Health for Madison and Dane County: Details
5:00pm, Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Agenda Item 2
COVID-19 Response Update for March 9, 2022 
Board of Health Resolutions
Agenda Item 4
Board of Health for Madison and Dane County Resolution #2022-08 Resolution in Support of the Application for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Broad Agency Announcement 75D301-22-R-72097 in Partnership with University of Wisconsin for COVID-19 Surveillance
Agenda Item 5
Board of Health for Madison and Dane County Resolution #2022 - 09 Authorization to Accept Funds from Access Community Health Centers to Support the Dane County Overdose Fatality Review
Agenda Item 6
Violence Prevention Update for March 9, 2022
Agenda Item 7
Overdose Spike Alert
Equal Opportunities Commission: Details
5:00pm, Thursday, March 10, 2022
Agenda Item 2
Developing of Transit Corridors - How do the new traffic designs and BRT impact marginalized communities?
Michael Cechvala and Sean Hedgpeth from the City of Madison Department of Transportation have been invited to share information on the transit network redesign.
Agenda Item 4
WSJ Editorial Board and Reporting Bias/Discrimination 
Agenda Item 5
Truth and Reconciliation Process Proposal
Agenda Item 6
Housing Issues in Madison: What can the EOC do and who can they partner with to address the continuing problems?
Agenda Item 7
EOD Manager Report: Technology updates, HUD Project updates, Training and Outreach, Special Projects, Employment/Housing/Public Accommodations Updates
Agenda Item 8
How can the EOC partner with the City on school safety issues to ensure they are making changes in a non-discriminatory way that address issues the students are facing today?
Agenda Item 9
EOC's Role in Impacting Policy Changes and Expanded Community Partnerships

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