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Alder Patrick Heck

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Alder Patrick Heck

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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 Nov. 7 Meetings of Interest for District 2

November 5, 2022 6:55 PM

District 2 Updates and Meetings of Interest

City meetings are mostly virtual with details listed in City Meetings of Interest below. Common Council meetings are hybrid so the public can attend in person or via Zoom.
Stay in touch with your neighbors through either Capitol Neighborhoods, Inc. or Campus Area Neighborhood Assoc.
An invitation from CANA: This coming Monday, Nov. 7th at 6:00 pm we will be having our November general meeting! Come build community, learn about what is happening in the City, and learn how to vote on the 8th if you have not already! Also, our new executive board members will be there too!

There are three sections to this week's update:
  1. District 2 Updates
  2. COVID-19 Resources & Information 
  3. City Meetings of Interest to District 2
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  • Monday, Nov. 7, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. (refreshments and music begin at 5:30 p.m.)
  • Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, Lecture Hall, 1 John Nolen Drive
  • View the livestream here.


Two District 2 Redevelopment Proposals at UDC on Nov. 9; Plan Commission on Nov. 21

Below are details on two redevelopment projects in District 2 that have been wending their way through neighborhood and city processes and are expected to be in front of the Urban Design Commission and Plan Commission on the same dates this month. Both of these proposals are expected to be considered by:

  • Urban Design Commission on Nov. 9, and

  • Plan Commission on Nov. 21.

If you have input or questions about any of these proposals, feel free to contact me at or contact the neighborhood steering committees as noted below. I'll publish more details about Plan Commission's Nov. 21 considerations of both proposals in next weekend's Alder Update.

------ Proposal #1: Campus-State Street Parking Garage on Lake Street

State St-Campus Garage Proposal

The City continues to negotiate with Mortenson Development and other stakeholders concerning this large redevelopment proposal at 415 N. Lake St. This student-focused apartment building proposed for above a new city-owned parking garage will include a new intercity bus terminal. The existing parking garage along Lake Street will be demolished and replaced while the garage section to the east of Hawthorne Court will remain. Mortenson is proposing some beds of the approximately 700 total beds with reduced rents, but the amount of those reductions and the number of affected beds is still under negotiation.

UDC materials, including the presentation and the staff report, for the Nov. 9 meeting can be found here. The UDC is an advisory body to Plan Commission on the Planned Development Zoning request. 

Because the project includes public components, City Engineering has established a website for the project that can be found here.

In the staff report to UDC, issues and questions are identified related to design of both the parking garage and the apartment building above, mostly related to the proposed building height, the apartment component's exterior materials, and some aspects of the parking structure's design and materials, as well as views of the building from afar. Urban Design Commissioners will be weighing in on those questions/matters.

In separate memo, the Transportation Department addresses various issues and questions that have been raised by the Campus Area Neighborhood Association steering committee for the proposal, nearby business and property owners, and other stakeholders. While UDC is not likely to address many of those issues because they are more in Plan Commission's purview, there could be discussion about how the planned vehicular (including bus) and pedestrian circulation are informed by the building's design and vice versa.

Concerns have been raised about future accommodations for deliveries and unloading at nearby businesses and buildings, as well as pedestrian safety along Hawthorne Court. Note that city is the property owner and generally responsible for negotiating traffic, circulation, and safety matters, so even though the project architect will be designing the project, the city will be negotiating solutions to the parking garage and bus terminal components, as well as impacts on adjacent properties.

CANA has an active steering committee evaluating the proposal. If you'd like to participate, contact

------- Proposal #2: 668 State Street 

668 State St Proposal

668 State LLC is seeking approvals to construct a four-story addition atop the existing two-story commercial building at 668 State St. The ground floor is the current location of UW Credit Union, which is expected to remain. The proposed addition will contain 24 student-oriented apartments on floors 3-6 with floors 5 and 6 set back approximately 30' from the front façade. The existing commercial space on the two lower floors and in a finished basement will largely remain. No automobile parking is proposed; parking for 26 bicycles will be provided. The project plans, the UDC staff report, and other materials can be found here.

The Urban Design Commission (UDC) is an advisory body on this request. Applicable design review requirements state that: "All new buildings and additions that are greater than twenty-thousand (20,000) square feet or that have more than four stories shall obtain Conditional Use approval. In addition, the UDC shall review such projects for conformity to the design standards in Sec. 28.071(3) and the Downtown Urban Design Guidelines and shall report its findings to the Plan Commission." Note that the proposed building appears to comply with the Downtown Core Zoning District bulk standards. The DC zoning district's design standards that are applicable are included as an attachment to the staff report, including, but not limited to those related to building entrance orientation, façade articulation, height, fenestration, and materials.

Note that this proposal was submitted in 2017 and was fully approved, but the project did not move forward at that time. The property owner is submitting the same project as was approved in 2017.

The Campus Area Neighborhood Association has formed a neighborhood steering committee to further evaluate the proposal, but they have not issued a report on their findings.


Consideration of St. John's Lutheran Proposal at UDC on Nov. 9; Further Consideration Postponed

St John's Proposal

St. John's Lutheran Church at 322 E. Washington Avenue and their development partners, Urban Land Interests (ULI) and Potter Lawson, propose to demolish the current St. John's church and 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, and underground parking below.

Zoning Staff and the development team have recently identified an issue with the proposed building's design that will require a shift in zoning and a postponement of the project's full consideration. Currently zoned as Urban Mixed Use, the developer was moving forward with retaining that zoning and they expected to comply with UMX requirements. After issues were identified with the ground floor and first floor designs, it became clear that meeting the UMX requirements would be difficult to achieve, so the developers are now requesting changing the zoning from UMX to Planned Development in order to accommodate the lower floors' design.

This rezoning will add some time to the schedule, so full UDC consideration is now expected on Dec. 14 with Plan Commission consideration on Jan. 9, 2023. Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Nov. 9, UDC will shift to receiving an informational presentation from the developers on the new Planned Development Zoning request. Materials for the Nov. 9 meeting can be found here, but due to the late strategy shift that webpage should populate further early in the week. Note that other materials can also be found for UDC Agenda Item #2, the originally planned consideration here, even though that item will be referred. At their Dec. 14 meeting, UDC is expected to focus on full approval of the rezoning request, compliance with Urban Design District #4 guidelines, and related design matters.

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


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Metro Transit Public Hearing On Nov. 9

On Wednesday, November 9, Metro Transit and the City of Madison Transportation Commission will hold a VIRTUAL public hearing at 6 PM to approve several items related to Metro's redesigned service in 2023 including:

Written comments can also be sent to: Metro Transit, Attn: Public Hearing Comments, 1245 E. Washington Ave., Suite 201, Madison WI 53703. All feedback submitted prior to the hearing will be considered by commission members in the same manner as verbal testimony. Complete Public Hearing information here where you can register to attend and/or speak.


Madison Marathon Route

Madison Marathon To Impact Driving and Cycling Routes on Sunday, Nov. 13

The Madison Marathon is happening on Sunday, Nov. 13. There are no changes to the annual marathon and half marathon course from past years, but there is also a 10K route. The 10K route is mostly on roads they have used for past marathons with some exceptions. Course maps for all the races are here.

In District 2, Gorham St., Mifflin St., and University Avenue will see runners at various times of the day for all the routes, so roads could be closed and traffic will be impacted. Drivers are encouraged to plan ahead if traveling around the race route as crossing the route will only be permitted when there are sufficient gaps in the runners.

The Marathon starts at 7:00am with the Half Marathon at 7:15am and the 10K at 7:30am. All start and end on W. Mifflin on the Square. All races will start by going down the 100 block of State Street and then north/eastbound on the outer loop of Capitol Square on Dayton Street and N. Webster Street where outbound runners will turn onto E. Mifflin towards the Yahara River.

Madison Metro routes will also be impacted. Detour routes and timing vary throughout the morning and early afternoon, but details should be available here.



Finance Committee Passes 17 Operating Budget Amendments: Next Up Common Council

The city's budget for 2023 will be debated and adopted by the Common Council on November 15, 16 and possibly 17. An important step in the budget process occurred on Oct. 31 when the Finance Committee voted to approve 17 of 23 proposed amendments to the Mayor's Executive Operating Budget. You can find all of the 23 proposed amendments and their dispositions here.

Similarly, back on Sept. 28, the Finance Committee passed 8 of 10 proposed amendments to the Mayor's Executive Capital Budget. You can find all of those 10 proposed amendments and their dispositions here.

On Nov. 15, 16, and Nov. 17 (the latter only if needed), the Common Council will consider the 2023 Executive Operating Budget and Capital Budget, as amended by the Finance Committee. Alders will also have the opportunity to submit amendments to both budgets, so there will likely be additional amendments coming beyond those that the Finance Committee approved.

As you've likely read, one of those additional amendments is expected to be a proposed directing of $6M of Tax Incremental Financing District #36 increment to the City's Public Market project. I continue to struggle with redirecting those funds away from what was likely to be their usage in South Madison's long-needed revival, but I also recognize the positive results that could flow from the Public Market if funding is secured. It will be an interesting discussion at Council.

Public comments on the budget and amendments will likely be focused on Nov. 15. Next week, I'll be sure to publish more details of the amendments as submitted by next Wednesday's deadline and details on participating and/or watching the proceedings. You are also welcome to email me at any time with your input (

I suggest watching one of the virtual community sessions on the budget hosted by City Finance staff. They provided background information on the city's capital and operating budget process, including highlights of the 2023 Executive Budget. You can watch a recording of the Oct. 14 Virtual Community Session here.

If you want to learn even more about the budget, I suggest reading District 19 Keith Furman's extensive Alder Update on the 2023 Budget here. There are a few details specific to District 19, but a wealth of good information otherwise.


COVID Update


From Public Health Madison & Dane County:

Dane CORE - for rental and utility assistance.

Free COVID Tests at Home - It's still possible to get free at-home COVID tests mailed to you.

Visit the City's Coronavirus Website for Madison's COVID updates, 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.



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
4:30pm, Monday, Nov. 7, 2022
- Recent Common Council Actions
- 117-125 N Butler Street - Rezoning from DR1 to DR2 and CSM Referral - Adopted subject to Plan Commission recommendation on November 1, 2022
- Upcoming Matters
– November 21, 2022
- 415 N Lake Street - UMX to PD, Demolition Permit and Conditional Use - Demolish Lake Street side of State Street-Campus Ramp to construct a 13-story mixed-use building containing a 491-stall parking garage, intercity bus terminal, and 248 apartments
- 668 State Street - Conditional Use - Construct four-story addition containing 24 apartment units to existing two-story commercial building
Note: Both of these items are in District 2. See above in "District 2 Updates".
The Plan Commission may preview these projects online at
Projects are generally grouped by Plan Commission date. The information on the Current Projects pages may be different than the information in the Plan Commission materials for the meeting when a particular item will be considered.
City-County Homeless Issues Committee: Details
5:30pm, Monday, Nov. 7, 2022
Item 1
The Salvation Army new shelter development updates - Melissa Sorensen
Item 1
Men's Shelter Update 
Item 2
Covid-19 Response Updates 
Item 3
Dane County Eviction Report
Urban Design Commission: Details
4:30pm, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022
The Urban Design Commission uses a consent agenda, which means that the Commission can consider any item at 4:30 p.m. where there are no registrants wishing to speak in opposition regardless of its placement on the agenda.
Agenda Item 2
310-322 E. Washington Avenue - Redevelopment of St. John's Lutheran Church to include 126 Market-Rate and Affordable Residential Units in UMX Zoning Located in Urban Design District (UDD) No. 4. 2nd Ald. Dist.
Owner: St. John's Lutheran Church
Applicant: Mark Binkowski, MRB Holdings
Final Approval is Requested
UDC is an Approving/Advisory Body
*Refer Item 2 to December 14, 2022 meeting*
Agenda Note: The applicant is considering a PD Zoning Map Amendment and will be providing an Informational Presentation on this item, listed as item 8 on this agenda.

Note: See more on this item above in "District 2 Updates" and below in this agenda, Item #8. UDC will not be considering the proposal's compliance with Urban Design District (UDD) No. 4 Standards and Guidelines until Dec. 14, but on Nov. 9 the applicant will be presenting an Informational Presentation related to their application for Planned Development zoning.

Agenda Item 5
415 N. Lake Street - Planned Development (PD) and Public Building for the New Lake Street Public Parking Ramp and Mixed-Use Building. 2nd Ald. Dist.
Owner: City of Madison, Matthew Wachter
Applicant: Michael Oates, Eppstein Uhen Architects
Final Approval is Requested
UDC is an Approving/Advisory Body
Note: See more on this item above in "District 2 Updates".
Agenda Item 7
668 State Street - Re-Approval of a Comprehensive Remodel of an Existing 2-Story Building and the Expansion of a 6-Story Area in the Downtown Core District. 2nd Ald. Dist.
Owner: Scott Faust, 668 State, LLC
Applicant: Kevin Burow, Knothe & Bruce Architects, LLC
Initial/Final Approval is Requested
UDC is an Advisory Body
Agenda Item 8
310-322 E Washington Avenue - Planned Development (PD) in Urban Design District (UDD) No. 4. 2nd Ald. Dist.
Owner: St. John's Lutheran Church
Applicant: Mark Binkowski, MRB Holdings
Informational Presentation
UDC will be an Approving/Advisory Body
Note: See more on this item above in "District 2 Updates" and above on this agenda, Item #2.
Public Safety Review Committee: Details
5:00pm, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022
Agenda Item 2
For Information Only - Chief Barnes Quarterly Report
Agenda Item 3
Report from the Madison Police Department including information on recent gun violence and an update on strategic planning
Agenda Item 4
Report from the Madison Fire Department/CAREs unit update
Agenda Item 5
Informational Only Presentation from the Madison Fire Department - Dane County Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan
Agenda Item 6
Data Dashboard - Madison Police Chief Barnes
Education Committee: Details
5:30pm, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022
Agenda Item 2
Review and discuss any feedback following communication of Education Committee priorities to MMSD, City and County elected bodies
Agenda Item 3
Update on MMSD Budget Amendment and Continued Discussion of Driver's Ed program
Agenda Item 4
Updates on relevant budget amendments from City and County representatives
Community Services Committee: Details
5:30pm, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022
Agenda Item 2
Discuss and Finalize Funding Recommendations for Youth, Young Adult, and Adult Employment RFP
Transportation Commission: Details
6:00pm, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022
Public Hearing - Metro Network Redesign
On Wednesday, November 9, 2022, Metro Transit and the City of Madison Transportation Commission will hold a public hearing at 6:00 PM to discuss items related to the proposed network redesign expected to go into effect in June of 2023
Agenda Item 1
Public Hearing for the Adoption of the Metro Network Redesign and Acceptance of the Related Title VI Report. Public Hearing will only include a staff presentation and public testimony. There will be no discussion, deliberation or vote by the Transportation Commission on this item at the public hearing on November 9th. This item will be adjourned to the next Transportation Commission meeting for discussion, deliberation and vote.
- Title VI Report
- Route Names, Spans, and Headways/Frequency
- Bus Stop Locations and Changes
Note: See more on this item above in "District 2 Updates"
Board of Park Commissioners: Details
6:30pm, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022
Agenda Item 8
Superintendent of Parks
Agenda Item 9
November 2022 Superintendent's Report
Agenda Item 10 NEW BUSINESS
Agenda Item 12
2023 Proposed Aquatics Fees
Agenda Item 15
Dog Park Designation Status Update
Note: No parks in District 2 have been proposed for changes in their current statuses.
Agenda Item 19
Amending Section 8.27(3) of the Madison General Ordinances to update the Cross-Country Ski Permit Program. RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO ADOPT - REPORT OF OFFICER
Agenda Item 20
2022-2023 Winter Operations Plan for Madison Parks
Landlord and Tenant Issues Committee: Details
5:00pm, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022
Agenda Item 5
Retaliation process timeline discussion with Civil Rights' Equal Opportunities Division.
Agenda Item 6
Amending Section 32.15 of the Madison General Ordinances, relating to expanding prohibitions on retaliation against tenants.
Agenda Item 8
Implementing RA changes: updates
Note: "RA" is Rent Abatement
Agenda Item 9
Publicizing rent abatement changes
Board of Canvassers for the City of Madison: Details
4:00pm, Friday, Nov. 11, 2022
Agenda Item 1
Tally results of any provisional ballots for which voters provided missing information by 4 p.m. Friday, November 11, 2022
Agenda Item 2
Review Inspectors' Statement documentation from each polling location 
Agenda Item 3
Review documentation for rejected absentees, and count any absentees that were erroneously rejected.

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