Alder Patrick Heck
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Heck’s Updates
Updates & Week of Dec. 5 Meetings of Interest for District 2
District 2 Updates and Meetings of Interest
There are three sections to this week's update:
- District 2 Updates
- COVID-19 Resources & Information
- City Meetings of Interest to District 2
Info, Resources, and a Calendar of Important Dates for Those Considering Running in the Spring 2023 Common Council Elections - nomination papers are now able to be circulated.
Passenger Rail Station Study Kick-off Meeting - The City of Madison is hosting a kick-off meeting for the Passenger Rail Station Study on Dec. 7, 2022. The meeting offers in-person and virtual alternatives for attending.
From the Streets Division:
Madison CARES, City's Mobile Emergency Service for Behavior Health Calls, Releases End-of-Year Report - Register in advance for Virtual Public Meeting for Discussion Dec. 7, 2023, 6:00 to 7:30 PM.
From Public Health:
Monkeypox (mpox) Update - including "As of November 29, 15 people have tested positive for mpox in Dane County, and there has not been a new case since September."
Madison Fire Marshal Ed Ruckriegel Announces Retirement - National Search Underway for City's Next Fire Marshal
From the Mayor:
Greater Madison Music City (GMMC) will host a happy hour and meetup at Café Coda on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 4:30-6:30pm. A brief presentation will give an overview of economic impact and a regulatory assessment of our music scene.
- Alder Syed Abbas Announces Resignation from Madison Common Council Effective December 1, 2022
From Madison Parks: New Winter Trails at Door Creek Park!
- Free Training on the Affordable Connectivity Program for Broadband Internet on Tuesday, December 6
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award- Nominations Open Now! Promoting peace, Understanding, and Improving communication & cooperation between diverse populations in Dane County. Nomination deadline extended to Friday, Dec. 2, 2022.
From Destination Madison: How to Enjoy Madison's Frozen Lakes
The pandemic continues to have lingering effects on Wisconsin families. If you are finding it hard to make ends meet, Wisconsin Help for Homeowners is still available and applications will be accepted through Dec. 30, 2022. This program can help with overdue bills like mortgage payment, property taxes, HOA/Condo fees, manufactured home loan monthly payment and/or lot rent, land contract monthly payments, and utilities. Apply at Wisconsin Help for Homeowners.
Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is a pedestrian-oriented, compact, mixed-use development style focused along high quality public transit. It typically includes a mix of housing, office, retail, neighborhood amenities and other uses within walking distance of a transit station. Proposed TOD legislation was introduced last Nov. 22 and it will be reviewed by the Transportation Policy and Planning Board on Dec. 5 and by the Plan Commission on Dec. 12. It is scheduled to return to the Common Council for a final decision on Jan. 3.
Run Santa Run to Impact Parking, Streets & Metro on Sunday Afternoon, Dec. 4
This year's Run Santa Run 5k run will take place the afternoon of Sunday, Dec. 4. Streets marked with dashed green lines in the map above will be closed or partially closed Sunday afternoon. After starting at the Square, participants will run down E. Mifflin to N. Baldwin, take N. Baldwin one block to E. Dayton, E. Dayton to N. Blair, and then back up the E. Mifflin hill to the Square. The full route can also be found here. The Run will start at 3:00pm and runners should be off the course by 4:30, but setup and teardown could keep streets partially blocked outside of that window.
There will be temporary no parking signs on much of the route from 11am to 5pm, so those who park on the street should keep an eye out for those brightly colored signs on wooden stakes. Also, all day Sunday Metro buses will be operating on the outer loop of Capitol Square due to the run.
Updates on District 2 Redevelopment Proposals
Below are details on several redevelopment proposals in District 2. If you have input or questions about any of these proposals, feel free to contact me at email@example.com or contact the neighborhood steering committees as noted below.
------ Campus-State Street Parking Garage on Lake Street
This past week was busy with regard to the proposed redevelopment of the Campus-State Street Parking Garage at 415 N. Lake St. Mortenson Development is proposing a large student-focused apartment building with 248 apartments above a new city parking garage that will include a new intercity bus terminal.
UDC gave initial approval to the public portion of the construction - the new bus terminal and parking garage that will replace the existing garage between Lake Street and Hawthorne Court. This approval is related to the requested rezoning of the parcel from Urban Mixed-Use to Planned Development (PD).
UDC earlier gave initial approval to the overall design with a set of conditions related to their advisory input to Plan Commission on the Conditional Use Permit required for an elevator shaft that is proposed to project above the Capitol View Preservation Limit, Hawthorne Court's proposed reconfiguration and usage, and some design considerations. The proposal will be back at UDC for final approval after it is considered by Plan Commission on Dec. 12, assuming their applications are approved.
The Finance Committee, the Joint Campus Area Committee and the Transportation Commission all recommended approval of the resolution that would accept the development agreement negotiated between the City and Mortenson. You can see the text of the resolution here and a staff memo on the resolution here. One element of the agreement would require Mortenson to pay the City $18m for the "air rights" to build the residential component. That $18m would then be used by the City to help pay for the new parking structure. The resolution also recommends certain numbers of apartments to have some levels of reduced rents for students in need. The resolution will be considered by Common Council at our Tuesday, Dec. 6 meeting (see Agenda Item #66 for that meeting below in "City Meetings of Interest").
At Plan Commission's Dec. 12 meeting, we will be considering the demolition application, the rezoning request from Urban Mixed Use to Planned Development, and the Conditional Use Permit application. The project plans and public comment to date are located with the Conditional Use Permit materials, including project plans and the steering committee report from the Campus Area Neighborhood Association. The UDC's materials include a Transportation Department memo that addresses various issues and questions that were raised by the CANA steering committee and report, nearby business and property owners, and other stakeholders. The steering committee report identifies and reiterates several of those concerns related mostly to the planned vehicular (including bus) and pedestrian circulation, deliveries for businesses, and deeper affordability for the apartments.
------- St. John's Lutheran Church at 322 E. Washington Ave.
After receiving Finance Committee approval, the Common Council will consider awarding up to $8,950,000 from the Affordable Housing Fund to support three affordable housing development projects, including up to $3.5m to St. John's Lutheran Church in partnership with Urban Land Interests, for a 130-unit rental housing development with 108 units with rents affordable to households with incomes at or below 30%, 50%, or 60% County Median Income (see Common Council Agenda Item #57 below in "City Meetings of Interest"). This redevelopment of St. John's at 310-322 E. Washington Ave. proposes to demolish the current church and an addition to construct worship and social service/community spaces on the first floor of a new building with 9 stories of mostly affordable and workforce apartments above with underground parking below.
At their Dec. 14 meeting, the Urban Design Commission is expected to focus on this proposal's initial and/or full approval of their request to change the zoning from Urban Mixed Use to Planned Development, compliance with Urban Design District #4 guidelines, and related design matters. Materials from the developer's earlier informational presentation to UDC can be found here. Note that Plan Commission's consideration of the proposal is expected on Jan. 9, including the proposed demolition, rezoning, and Conditional Uses.
A neighborhood steering committee from the James Madison Park District of Capitol Neighborhoods, Inc., has been meeting with the development team to evaluate the proposal and provide input. If you'd like to participate please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
------- 428-444 State Street
JD McCormick Properties' proposal to redevelop 428 to 444 State Street is expected to be back before the Urban Design Commission on Dec. 14 and at Plan Commission on Jan. 9. At their June 29 meeting, UDC referred the proposal to a future meeting rather than making recommendations to Plan Commission due to various concerns about the proposed building. The report from that meeting can be found here. The newly revised project plans and related materials can be found here.
UDC raised concerns about the proposal's impact on the adjacent Lisa Link Peace Park, the height and massing of the building's front facade, and establishing the precedent of replacing State Street buildings. If the UDC eventually does make a recommendation, Plan Commission will consider the Demolition Permit and requested Conditional Uses. Back in January, the Landmarks Commission considered the requested demolitions of the three buildings and found in part in their advisory opinion to Plan Commission that 432-436 and 428-430 State Street (the two easternmost buildings) have historic value based on architectural significance, cultural significance, or historic significance.
The steering committee of the Mansion Hill District of Capitol Neighborhoods, Inc. (CNI) that has evaluated the redevelopment proposal submitted a report to UDC, and may submit a separate report to Plan Commission as their consideration draws nearer.
2. COVID-19 RESOURCES & INFORMATION
- COVID-19 vaccine webpage
- Learn about the many testing sites in Dane County (in Spanish)
- COVID-19 Data Dashboard
- The latest Data Notes
Visit the City's Coronavirus Website for Madison's COVID updates, responses and resources.
Dane County Food Pantry Network from Community Action Coalition.
3. CITY MEETINGS OF INTEREST TO DISTRICT 2
The proposed change removes the embedded annual license fees administered by Public Health Madison Dane County from the ordinance. The fee schedule will be approved by the Board of Health each year and be publicly available in the Clerk's Office and other locations. The change is based on the recommendation of the WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. No appropriation is required.
1) items which have registrants wishing to speak. 2) items which alderperson(s) have separated out for discussion/debate purposes.
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This resolution would authorize a $2,350,000 loan to WHPC Acquisitions LLC or its assigns ("Developer"). Funding for this project requires approval of an upcoming amendment to the 2023 Executive Capital Budget. TIF funding is also contingent upon the creation of a new TID #52 (E. Washington and Stoughton Rd.) in 2023.
While it is anticipated that the incremental taxes generated by the Project will be sufficient to repay the loan within approximately 9 years, the Developer is required to guaranty a minimum payment if sufficient future tax increment is not available.
The increment guarantee is secured by a subordinated mortgage on the property. The TIF Loan also requires that Developer be prohibited from selling or transferring the Property prior to repayment of the TIF Loan. If Developer sells or transfers the Property to a tax-exempt entity, Buyer shall pay an annual payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) in the amount of the property tax paid as of the date of sale, frozen, until 2050.
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Developers, Projects and Loan Amounts
Up to $3,500,000 to St. John's Lutheran Church, in partnership with Urban Land Interests, or an affiliate LLC, for St. John's Lutheran Church Redevelopment, a 130-unit rental housing development with 108 units with rents affordable to households with incomes at or below 30%, 50%, or 60% CMI
which is the proposed redevelopment of St. John's Lutheran Church at 310-322 E. Washington Ave. See more on this redevelopment proposal above in "District 2 Updates".
11/28/22 FINANCE COMMITTEE RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO ADOPT - REPORT OF OFFICER
Note: For more on this item, see Transportation Policy and Planning Board Agenda Item #2 above.
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