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Alder Brian Benford

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Alder Brian Benford

Contact Information

Home Address:

2273 E. Washington Ave #1
Madison , WI 53704

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 Benford’s Updates

D6 Items of Interest Week of September 18, 2017

September 17, 2017 10:26 PM

Highlights: Redevelopment of the Kleuter warehouse at 901 E Washington and adjacent parcels into a 144 room Hotel Indigo and the approval of CoHo Madison, the proposed owner occupied co-housing, artist studio space, and Madison Circus Space on Winnebago St are on Monday's agenda for the Plan Commission. There will be a public hearing about the 2018 Executive Capital Budget at Tuesday's Common Council meeting. Also Tuesday, the historic step to change our Transportation ordinance. Next year two committees -Transportation Policy and Planning Board and the Transportation Commission -will replace four committees TPC, PBMVC, LRTPC, and Parking Council for People With Disabilities. WilMar's application for CDBG funding to help purchase the parking lot and two items about Garver are other district topics on the Council agenda. There are no meetings held during the Jewish High Holidays, Sept 20-22,  making this a short week.


Monday September 18, 2017

Landmarks Commission

4:45p room GR 27 CCB (enter at 211 S Carroll St)


1. 48806 1407-1409 Williamson St. - Exterior Alteration; Third Lake Hist. Dist.; 6th Ald. Dist.  

3. 48804 719 Jenifer - Exterior Alteration - Third Lake Ridge Hist. Dist.; 6th Ald. Dist.  

5. 47837 Landmarks Commission Review of Historic Preservation Plan?

Monday September 18

Plan Commission

5:30p room 201 CCB

5. 48610 Discontinuing and vacating the remaining portion of the public street right-of-way of Linden Court, being located in the SW ¼ of the SE 1/4 of Section 6, Township 7 North, Range 10 East, City of Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin. (6th AD) 


6. 48227 Creating Section 28.022 - 00295 of the Madison General Ordinances to change the zoning of property located at 2114 Winnebago Street, 6th Aldermanic District, from TSS (Traditional Shopping Street) District to TE (Traditional Employment) District to rezone portion of property as part of a three-lot planned multi-use site proposed to occur all in TE zoning. 


7. 48156 Consideration of a demolition permit and conditional use to demolish a commercial building and construct a mixed-use building containing 3,850 square feet of commercial space and 45 cohousing units on land generally addressed as 2048 Winnebago Street; 6th Ald. Dist. 


8. 48157 Consideration of a demolition permit and conditional use to demolish a commercial building and construct a 10,300 square-foot trade arts/ technical/ trade school on land generally addressed as 2100 Winnebago Street; 6th Ald. Dist. 


9. 48145 Approving a Certified Survey Map of property owned by Accipiter Real Estate, LLC located at 2048, 2100 and 2114 Winnebago Street; 6th Ald. Dist., and releasing a land use restriction recorded against a portion of the subject properties.


Items 5-9: CoHo Madison- The property owner, Accipiter Real Estate, is proposing to redevelop two properties and part of a third generally located on the westerly side of Winnebago Street at Sutherland Court. The proposal calls for two existing commercial buildings located at 2048 and 2100 Winnebago Street to be demolished, for the remainder of Linden Court to be vacated, for the 2.09-acre property to be divided into three lots, and for a new mixed-use building [owner occupied co-housing and artist studio space] and training school building to be constructed  [Madison Circus Space].  An existing building housing Ford's Gym will remain in its current form, although a new parking area will be constructed at the rear of the building.

Alder comments: I support the related actions for demolition, rezoning, and street vacation of Linden Ct.  I share the strong neighborhood support for this proposal.  


11. 48152 Consideration of a demolition permit and conditional use to demolish a single-family residence and construct a two-family two-unit residence at 1139 Williamson Street; Third Lake Ridge Historic Dist.; 6th Ald. Dist. 


13. 48163 Amending Sections 27.03(2), 27.05(1) and 27.05(2)(f) of the Madison General Ordinances to clarify a property owner's responsibility over the adjoining terrace.?

According to the drafters analysis:  Property owners are generally responsible for mowing and maintaining the terraces adjoining their property.  This ordinance change would clarify that responsibility by adding the terrace to the property maintenance code.  In addition, this amendment specifically would require soil and surfaces to be maintained in a safe and sanitary manner.  This would clarify the City's authority to require a property owner to ensure that property under his or her control is not a hazard.

Several people have emailed with concerns about this ordinance. From what I understand, this ordinance adds terraces to the ordinace and codifies what has been the city's basic approach for many years. There is already a process to get approval for a 'natural lawn' from the Dept of Planning where plantings can exceed 8' in height, otherwise the enforcement of the height of plantings is complaint driven, and usually acted upon when it is determined that planting heights negatively impact vision clearance of driveways and intersections after review by Building Inspection.

Here is the policy file:///home/chronos/u-27fa23c51284fcbbc3d0fbb312150def5ed4b2fd/Downloads/terrace%20policy%204%2023%2014.pdf


14. 48263 Consideration of a demolition permit and conditional use to demolish three commercial buildings and an existing building addition to construct a new five-story addition to an existing five-story building as part of the conversion of the building into a 144-room hotel at 901-939 E. Washington Avenue and 910-924 E. Main Street; Urban Design Dist. 8; 6th Ald. Dist.


Staff report: The applicant is requesting conditional use approval to convert the historic five-story Kleuter Wholesale Grocery Warehouse at 901 E. Washington Avenue in a 144-room "Hotel Indigo," including construction of a five-story, 38,419 square-foot addition primarily off of the easterly side wall of the 1915 building. The proposed hotel and 138-stall surface parking lot will require demolition of four buildings at 905, 925 and 939 E. Washington Avenue, and 910 E. Main Street. An existing one-story brick warehouse building at 924 E. Main Street will remain at the southeasterly corner of the approximately 3.0-acre project site. Buildings owned by the applicant at 945 E. Washington Avenue and 946 E. Main Street are not part of the current land use requests, nor is the two-story commercial building owned by the City Employees Credit Union at the southwesterly corner of E. Washington and S. Brearly Street.


Parking for the hotel will be provided in 138 surface stalls to be located south and east of the L-shaped building. Access to the site will be provided by driveways from each abutting street. According to the plans, approximately three acres of the larger 4.27-acre site (as indicated by the "limits of construction" on the civil plans) will be disturbed to implement the building addition, parking lot, and a stormwater management pond to be located east of the parking lot.


...[S]taff recommends that the applicant explore a more comprehensive and aesthetic solution to stormwater management for the project than the pond shown on the plans. From an urban design perspective, staff does not feel that the rectangular pond and its protective fence, or the parking lot that the pond will serve, fit the emerging character of the E. Washington Avenue corridor, and strongly encourage that the stormwater facilities to be redesigned to address this concern as well as the comments provided by the City Engineering Division in the 'Recommendations' section of this report regarding the function of the pond.


In closing, the Planning Division generally supports the proposal to restore and repurpose the historic five-story Kleuter Wholesale Grocery Warehouse as a hotel, including the proposed five-story addition to the easterly wall of the 1915 building. The proposed additions on the east and south are well-designed and appear to meet the form-based requirements in Urban Design District 8. The reuse of the Kleuter Building as a hotel is consistent with the various employment-oriented land use and design recommendations for the subject site in the East Rail Corridor Plan, East Washington Avenue Capitol Gateway Corridor Plan, and Comprehensive Plan, and staff feels that the addition of the proposed hotel will complement other uses and recent redevelopment projects along the E. Washington Avenue corridor. 


However, the Planning Division regrets the loss of 910 E. Main Street at this time, and does not support the proposed surface parking facility and stormwater management pond in their current design. While the 910 building is not architecturally or historically significant, it holds the E. Main Street frontage better than the proposed parking lot will regardless of any amount of landscaping, and the removal of the building to create surface parking while plans for more substantial redevelopment along the E. Main Street frontage remain publicly unknown is unfortunate. However, staff accedes that the site can be more efficiently remediated if 910 E. Main Street is demolished now rather than in a later phase of redevelopment of the block.


Alder comments:  I can support demolition of 910 E Main but told the developer I would not support the demolition of 924 E Main St at this time. I share staff concerns about the stormwater proposal and will urge the Plan Commission to make Recommendation #1 a requirement.


Upcoming matters: October 2

- 131 S. Fair Oaks Avenue - Demolition Permit and Conditional Use - Demolish warehouse building to construct mixed-use building with 11,000 square feet of commercial space and 161 apartments


Upcoming matters:  October 16

- 600 Williamson Street - Conditional Use - Establish restaurant-tavern tenant in multi-tenant commercial building in TE zoning?. A proposed restaurant Poke Poke in the Gateway Mall must get a conditional use because the mall is zoned Traditional Employment and restaurants are a conditional use in TE zoning. 


Monday September 18

Sustainable Madison Committee a

6p room 302 Downtown Library


48671 What Does a 100% Renewable Energy Madison Look Like to You? Come to the Kick-Off Meeting to share your ideas about how the City of Madison is going to achieve this ambitious goal. 


Tuesday September 19

Common Council Executive Committee

4:30p room 201 CCB


8. 48625 Discuss follow-up items from President's Work Group on Police & Community Relations and possible action: 1. Review of the role, membership and charges under ordinances for PSRC 2. Policy governing the purchase & use of all surveillance equipment employed by all City agencies including MPD Attachments: President's Work Group Final Report on Police_Community Relations.pdf


Tuesday September 19

Common Council 

6:30p room 201 CCB


2. 48495 2018 Executive Capital Budget


6. 48869 Opposing the State Prohibiting the Use of Condemnation for Bike and Pedestrian Paths.


8. 48870 Authorizing the City of Madison to apply to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for a Ready for Reuse Brownfields Cleanup zero-interest loan in an amount not to exceed $821,730 for the purpose of assisting in the remediation of contaminated soil around the Garver Feed Mill.


Drafters analysis: This resolution authorizes the City of Madison to apply to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) for a Ready for Reuse Brownfields Cleanup zero-interest loan for the purpose of assisting in the remediation of contaminated soil around the Garver Feed Mill. On August 1, 2017, the Common Council amended the Garver at Olbrich Botanical Complex project (Munis project #17168) in the Parks Division Capital Budget to authorize general obligation borrowing in the amount of $1.6 million to cover the costs of site preparation and soil remediation around the Garver building and directed City staff to explore grants and loans to reduce the cost to the City of this work. If the WDNR approves this application, the City will be required to provide matching funds of 22% ($180,780) which will be covered by the $1.6 million appropriation previously approved. A separate resolution will be required to authorize acceptance of the loan and to approve the terms and conditions of a loan agreement between the City and the WDNR.?


21. 46249 3rd SUBSTITUTE Recreating Section 3.14, creating Sections 33.55 and 33.56 of the Madison General Ordinances to recreate the Department of Transportation and to create the Transportation Policy and Planning Board and the Transportation Commission.
22. 46376 Repealing Sections 3.14(1) through (3) and 3.14(4)(k) through 3.14(11) of the Madison General Ordinances to update the Department of Transportation Department ordinance.

23. 46377 CHARTER ORDINANCE - Repealing Section 3.14(4)(a) through (j) of the Madison General Ordinances to restructure the Department of Transportation.


31. 47645 SUBSTITUTE Approval of Collaboration Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Madison and Madison Gas and Electric.


54. 48603 SUBSTITUTE - Authorizing up to $300,000 of CDBG funds to support the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center's acquisition of a property they currently lease that serves to support the Center's programs, and amending the 2017 Adopted Operating Budget to appropriate $300,000 from the Community Development Grant Fund.


56. 48607 Amending RES-17-00664 Authorizing the Execution of a Development Agreement with Garver Feed Mill, LLC to change the terms of the City's Reversionary Interest.


61. 48644 Authorizing an amendment to the contract with Graef-USA, Inc to include $100,000 for the commissioning, fabrication, and installation of public art at the Capitol East District parking garage, and $3,800 in additional design services, and authorizing the City to execute an agreement with Actual Size Artworks LLC for the City's ownership and rights of the commissioned public art.


62. 47509 Adopting the Darbo-Worthington-Starkweather Neighborhood Plan as a Supplement to the City of Madison Comprehensive Plan.


74. 48312 Strengthening and Expanding Community Empowerment through Placemaking in Key Neighborhoods and Authorizing a Contract with Project for Public Spaces for Placemaking Training and Assistance in the Implementation of Short-Term Improvements in Neighborhood Community Places.

>Refer to 10/3 council meeting




76. 48803 Amending Section 4.21(2) of the Madison General Ordinances to increase the room tax rate from 9% of gross receipts to 10% of gross receipts.


81. 48791 Accepting the Judge Doyle City Staff Team Report, Selecting the Freewheel Community Bike Shop as the Operator for the Madison Bicycle Center in the Judge Doyle Project on Block 88 Subject to the Negotiation of a Final Contract, and Directing Further Actions


87. 48832 Amending the Water Utility's adopted 2017 Capital Budget to transfer $50,000 of revenue bond funding from the Unit Well #8 Reconstruction project to the Well 12 Conversion project for the redesign of the Upgrade of Unit Well 12, and authorizing the Mayor and the City Clerk to execute an amendment to the Professional Services Agreement with SEH, Inc. for pre-design planning, public participation support, the preparation of final construction drawings and specifications, permitting, bidding, and construction administration for the redesign of the Upgrade of Unit Well 12.

Future meetings!


September 26

6-7:30p Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa

Historic Preservation Plan launch

Madison Launches its First Ever Historic Preservation Planning Process

The City of Madison is holding a public meeting to kick off the process for creating its first ever Historic Preservation Plan. The Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from 6:00-7:30 PM at the Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa Street.

The City of Madison adopted its first historic preservation ordinance and created the Landmarks Commission in 1970. Since that time, the City has designated 182 landmarks and 5 local historic districts. Now the City plans to broaden its efforts beyond the traditional regulatory focus to a more dynamic and comprehensive approach, as well as updating the ordinance standards for each of the historic districts.

According to Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, "For nearly five decades Madison's commitment to preserving the places and buildings that connect us to our past has been a priority. However, more can be done and this planning process will identify, celebrate and preserve the places that represent our collective history."

The kick off meeting will include an introduction of the process by City staff and the consultant team including interactive sessions regarding public engagement, discovery of underrepresented communities' histories, and an overview of the preservation plan development and ordinance revisions.

Visit our website, email, or call 608 266 6552 for more information.


September 28

6:30p Salvation Army, 3030 Darbo Drive

Public Information Meeting- Darbo Webb new street connection


City engineering and Planning staff will present the concept and get feedback from neighbors and stakeholders.

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