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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 February 19, 2018

February 18, 2018 11:35 AM

Highlights:  Tuesday is Election Day! Make your plan to vote. After you vote, join me at a neighborhood meeting to learn about the proposal for 2901 Atwood. The Grandfamily housing at Union Corners proposal is at Urban Design Commission on Wednesday. See the UDC listing for my report on the recent neighborhood meeting. The Winnebago St reconstruction project will be delayed a few weeks so that Traffic Engineering can conduct a parking study. The Winnebago St diagonal bike crossing project is being delayed. See Wednesday's PBMCV notes for more info on both Winnebago St projects. On February 28, east and north side alders are co-hosting a listening session at the East Madison Community Center about siting the new F-35A fighter aircraft at Truax Field. See upcoming meetings at the end for more details.


Monday February 19, 2018 
Committee on the Environment
4:30p room 108 CCB

1. 50582 Environmental Components of the Monroe Street Reconstruction A presentation by Phil Gaebler of City Engineering 

2. 50584 YaharaWINs Video Discussion 

The 8 minute video highlights the efforts of the Yahara Watershed Improvement Network to remove legacy phosphorus in order for our city and region to meet DNR goals.  Removing phosporus that has settled in sediment will result in substantial improvement in water quality. You can help by keeping leaves on your property to the extent possible and not let them get into the stormwater sewers.

3. 43377 Discussion Item: Capital Budget pertaining to environmental topics

Monday February 19
Plan Commission
5:30p room 201 CCB

7. 49916 Consideration of a conditional use to construct a second accessory building (workshop) that will exceed ten (10) percent of the lot area at 2802 Willard Avenue; 6th Ald. Dist.

Staff believes that the additional 245 square-foot accessory  building will not negatively affect the surrounding properties nor the normal and orderly development of the neighborhood.

10. 50104 Consideration of a demolition permit to demolish a single-family residence with no proposed use at 929 Williamson Street; Third Lake Ridge Historic Dist.; 6th Ald. Dist.

Staff report:  The building to be demolished is a one-story, 817 square-foot single-family residence constructed in 1879 according to City records. The building is in poor condition, and the building and property have been the subject of a number of code enforcement actions over the last thirty-plus years, including being posted "No Occupancy" on November 5, 2015 by the Building Inspection Division. It is important to note that the condition of the building is almost entirely attributed to the previous owner of the property [Ray Peterson], and not to the current owner and applicant, who purchased  the property in October 2016 from a court-appointed receiver and has been working with the Building Inspection Division to remedy the situation. The outstanding orders against the property are in abeyance pending the outcome of this demolition permit. 

Upcoming Matters - March 5, 2018

- 2507 Winnebago Street - PD(GDP) to PD(SIP) - Construct two apartment buildings containing 60 total dwelling units

Upcoming Matters - March 19, 2018

- 308 S. Paterson Street - Conditional Use - Convert building into tavern with outdoor eating area

Tuesday February 20
Election Day!

There are no city committee meetings scheduled today. 

Make a plan to vote for County Board Supervisor, Dane County Circuit Court and the Supreme Court candidate of your choice. If your WI drivers license or ID expired after Nov. 8, 2016, you can still use it for voter ID purposes. Find out what else you can use at  

Tuesday February 20
Neighborhood meeting RE 2901 Atwood Ave?
7p Plymouth Congregational Church 2401 Atwood

Please join me for a neighborhood meeting where we will hear about McCaughey Properties LLC's redevelopment proposal for 2901 Atwood Ave. The existing building would be demolished and a new three-story, nine unit multifamily building with an attached four stall garage would be constructed. The new building would have two efficiency units on the first floor, two efficiency and two one-bedroom units on the second floor and two one-bedroom units on the third floor. The property is zoned Traditional Shopping Street (TSS), and a multifamily development requires conditional use approval. 


Wednesday February 21  
Street Use Staff Commission
10a room 108 CCB

The first Dane County Farmers Market is April 18!

Wednesday February 21
Board of Public Works
4:30p room 108 CCB

18. 50558 Change Order No. 4 to Contract No. 7951, Capitol East District Parking Structure, to Miron Construction Co, Inc. in the amount of $94,137.19. REPORT BY CITY ENGINEERING

Wednesday February 21
Urban Design Commission
4:30p room 351 CCB

1. 49883 917 East Mifflin Street - Breese Stevens Field Concessions Building Addition in UDD No. 8. 2nd Ald. Dist. Owner: City of Madison Parks Division Applicant: Mike Sturm, City of Madison Parks Division Initial/Final Approval is Requested

8. 48349 2507 Winnebago Street - PD(SIP), New Development of 59 Units of Affordable and Market-Rate Grand Family and Kinship Family Housing in Two Buildings. 6th Ald. Dist. Owner: UC Grandfamily, LLC Applicant: Ben Marshall, Gorman & Company Initial/Final Approval is Requested?

The Grandfamily proposal was in front of the neighborhood in late 2016 as a concept. Last spring, Gorman and Co was awarded WHEDA Section 42 low income housing tax credits to provide affordable apartments. Lutheran Social Services will provide supportive services to residents. 


The Gorman team got feedback from 15 residents (including two new residents of the Carbon Apartments) about the Grandfamily development at the neighborhood meeting I held on Feb 5. Ted Matkom, Nicole Solheim, and Mark Smith from Gorman provided a history of the buildout of Union Corners and asked for neighborhood input on their upcomimg request to change approved parking to accomodate anticipated retail tenants at the Carbon apartment building and future commercial tenants at Nexus (the remaining parcel that includes the corner of Milwaukee and E Washington). They would like to pull the Grandfamily building back from Winnebago to allow space for 37 angled parking stalls (instead of 15 spaces approved in the GDP) to serve the Carbon retail space (90K sf).  Traffic Engineering is reviewing their request.


Neighbors urged Gorman to look at ways to provide traffic calming on Winnebago. There was support for a 'tabletop' at the plaza crossing. For the Nexus building, Gorman will seek to amend the adopted GDP-SIP if a hoped-for tenant is secured (still in the quiet phase of negotiation). They would propose to build a structured garage instead of a surface lot. 

At the meeting, a Carbon resident raised concerns about providing sufficient amenities for kids and making the Carbon apartments a place for low income families to thrive. Her comments provided an important reminder that we must create something that works for the residents and is welcoming to everyone.


The team discussed the site plan and building design. There was discussion about the playground area and green space in the back of the building with neighbors urging the retention of some of the hilly contours. After hearing from the resident living at the Carbon with young children, the Gorman team was urged to provide sufficient soundproofing and to contact the school district to inform them that bus transportation for up to 160 children living in Union Corners at Carbon and Grandfamily project will be needed in the coming years. Neighbors asked if the developers  could collect rainwater from the roof for the proposed community garden plots on the site. Gorman was urged to look at improving connectivity to the nearby bike path and consider a dedicated bike lane on Winnebago. They will report back on these and other recommendations at the next neighborhood meeting.

After UDC, the proposal is scheduled to go to Plan Commission on March 5 . The Gorman team will report back to a neighborhood meeting on March 7 at 7p in the Carbon apartments community room. Assuming the project remains on schedule, it will be at the Council for final approval on March 20.


Wednesday February 19
Ped Bike Motor Vehicle Commission 
5p room 201 CCB

Not on the agenda...:

1. Winnebago diagonal crossing canceled, planning to resume after construction season ends.

Last week I posted a tentative date for the Winnebago diagonal bike crossing project at Riverside for February 26. It is not happening. I have been informed the project has been delayed. Recommendations from the community and Ped Bike to add bike connections to Winnebago at Merry St made Engineering realize that they did not have sufficient funds allocated in 2018 for the project. City Engineer Rob Phillips promised me that staff would engage with the public in the early fall to look at a larger project for next/future year. 


2. Winnebago reconstruction delayed for parking study.

If you attended the second Winnebago reconstruction PIM meeting last week or last December and signed up for the email list, you would have received this email from project manager Jim Wolfe on Friday:  The City has decided to delay the upcoming meetings and mailings for 2018 reconstruction of Winnebago St. between Second and Bashford.  The updated schedule for the project is noted below.  With this additional time, City Traffic Engineering will conduct a parking study of the area, and this data will help with deciding on a proposed design for Winnebago St.  The project website will also be updated with this revised schedule. 
Pedestrian, Bicycle and Motor Vehicle Commission: March 27
Mail estimated assessments: April 6
Board of Public Works public hearing: April 18
Common Council public hearing: May 1
Bid project: early May
Start construction: early June

The parking study will provide important data to show how residents, employees and visitors park on the four block area from 2nd St to Bashford. The study will be done twice - soon and after March 15 when alternate side parking ends. There are benefits to Option 2 but I have heard concerns about the loss of parking so this study will provide important information to help decisionmakers. 

Wednesday February 19
Economic Development Commission
5p room GR 27 CCB (enter at 211 S Carroll St)

1. 50588 Madison Metropolitan School District Pathways Program Presentation Presentation by Jennifer Wegner 

2. 50110 Establishing a moratorium on issuance of new alcohol licenses in a high density, high police call area in downtown Madison.

3. 50461 Reaffirming the intent of the City of Madison to conduct a national search for the Public Market Operator and requiring the drafting of a new Request for Qualifications (RFQ) that focuses on operations and management experience of a Public Market.?

Some alders want to reissue the RFQ that seeks a Public Market Operator. The RFQ was released January 24 and applications are due February 26. Last December, the Council adopted an alternate resolution and directed staff to issue an RFQ (the original resolution identified the Madison Public Market Foundation as the Public Market Operator). The Public Market Development Committee set up a subcommittee to work with staff on the draft and finalized the RFQ. 


The link to the resolution and the RFQ was not live on the EDC agenda at the time I published my update but here it is in case you are interested. 

I oppose revising the RFQ. 

Wednesday February 19
Alcohol License Review Committee
5:30p room 201 CCB

12. 50567 Business Name Change Farnsworth Technologies LLC • Current dba: Bodega 2334 Atwood Avenue Class A Beer, Class A Liquor Aldermanic District 6 (Alder Rummel) New dba: Degoba

15. 49898 21+ Entertainment License Prosit-To-You Inc • dba Come Back In • Capacity: 240 514508 E Wilson Street • Agent: Robert Worm Class B Combination Liquor & Beer • 45% alcohol, 55% food Aldermanic District 6 (Alder Rummel) • Police Sector 406

17. 50248 21+ Entertainment License Prosit To You Inc • dba Up North • Capacity: 60 524 E Wilson St • Agent: Robert Worm Class B Combination Liquor & Beer • 20% alcohol, 10% food, 70% other Aldermanic District 6 (Alder Rummel) • Police Sector 406

The applications for Come Back Inn and Up North indicates the owner did not realize that ordinance changes to 21+ E licenses previously adopted affected the two establishments without dance floors.

19. 50110 Establishing a moratorium on issuance of new alcohol licenses in a high density, high police call area in downtown Madison.

21. 50242 Public Hearing - New License Forworld LLC • dba Poke Poke 600 Williamson St Suite K3 • Agent: Zhu Zhu • Estimated Capacity: 32 Class B Beer, Class C Wine • 10% alcohol, 90% food Aldermanic District 6 (Alder Rummel) • Police Sector 406

Upcoming Meetings

Wednesday February 28
Alders hold Listening Session on Environmental Impact of F-35s
7-8:30p East Madison Community Center 8 Straubel Court

Last week I reported on the public scoping meeting the National Guard Bureau is planning for March 8. They will host two sessions: 2-4p and 5-8p at the Crowne Plaza Madison Hotel 4402 E Washington to gather public input for the Environmental Impact Statement for the beddown of 18 F-35A aircraft at Truax Field. Truax Field, home of the 115th Fighter Wing is one of two preferred alternatives for the new fighter jets, pending results of the EIS. The NGB will hold an open house using a one-on-one format.  Send written comments to Ms. Christel Johnson, NGB/A4AM, Sheppard Hall, 3501 Fetchet Avenue, Joint Base Andrews MD 20762-5157 or via the project website at .

Alders surrounding Truax received an invitation from the National Guard Bureau to provide oral or written comments by the end of the month. Last week I asked east and north side alders to co-host a listening session with me. We found a date and would like to get your feedback in a community meeting format to inform our written comments and a Council resolution. Alders Palm, Kemble, Baldeh, Ahrens, DeMarb, Zellers and I are planning to attend. If you can't attend, I would like to hear from you.

My goal is to gather questions and concerns and present them on March 8 to get answers from the NGB, then submit a letter with a summary of what I have learned with my recommendation. 

In addition to noise at ear shattering levels that affects most residents of the east side, noise and air pollution that disproportionately affects people of color who live in proximity to the field and under flight paths, potential groundwater contamination from jet fuel, solvents, petroleum products and other chemicals used on the site that impacts Starkweather Creek, there is the potential risk of crashes. While training may be the bulk of their flights and crashes rare (the last one was 2011), the fighter jets are capable of carrying nuclear weapons, smart bombs, air-to-surface missiles, etc. We have a right to know what weapons will be on board and if nuclear materials will be stored at and transported to Truax Field. We also have a right to know if there been a comprehensive test of soil contamination of the site that would affect employees. We need to learn about proposed flight paths and projected decibel levels. Will the F-35As use afterburners which contribute to the sonic boom? The economic benefits to Madison are unevenly distributed. At best we retain existing military jobs with some improvements at the site. Will the EIS look at how $94M-$128M per aircraft could be spent on other needs like education, healthcare, or infrastructure improvements? Or how the war on terrorism economy contributes to the growing inequality between working people and the wealthiest people at home and how endless military engagements around the globe kill and wreak havoc on families and communities. How do we build a sustainable, just and humane security system?

All federal agencies are required to take a look at potential environmental impacts of proposed actions per the National Environmental Policy Act and make a ruling about social, economic and environmental impacts. 

The Air Force has its own NEPA protocols  that address air quality, pollution protection, noise and environmental justice. 

Wednesday March 7
Neighborhood Meeting RE Grandfamily Housing
7p Carbon Apartments community room

The second meeting with Gorman and Company team.






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