Alder Marsha A. Rummel
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Rummel’s Updates
D6 Items of Interest Week of March 25, 2019
Highlights: The recent legal issues surrounding Judge Doyle Square will be discussed in closed session at Monday's Finance Committee meeting. Also Monday at Plan Commission is the next phase of the redevelopment of the Mautz block, 901-929 E Washington. The Korb family and Curt Brink propose to construct an 11 story office building on E Wash and demolish two structures - 945 E Wash and 924 E Main St. The developers are also requesting a two year lease with the Parking Utility to use 50 spaces in the new S Livingston St garage for the Hotel Indigo to use while the office tower (with parking) is being built (also at the Transportation Committee on Wednesdy). I will request some additional conditions, see my comments below. On Tuesday, the Water Utility Board will discuss the proposal I am co-sponsoring with Alder Ahrens to create a taskforce with staff and residents to provide a comprehensive response to PFAS contamination in Madison. Also Tuesday, I am holding a neighborhood meeting to hear from State Line Distillery owner about proposed new hours. On Wednesday, the Task Force on the Structure of City Government is starting to delve into the meaty issues (How many alders should we have? How should they be chosen? Full time or part time? Should we change the number, structure, and composition of city committees?) On Thursday, the MPD Policy and Procedures Ad Hoc Review Committee is meeting but the agenda is not available yet.
The big news of the last two weeks: The McGrath Property Group has an accepted offer to purchase the "Essen Haus properties" (except for the Hotel Ruby Marie and the 502/504 E Wilson) and contacted me and First Settlement neighborhood leaders to present their preliminary concept. We recently held a (first ever for me at the front end of a project) joint meeting with the alder, city planning staff and neighborhood leaders to discuss issues and questions. I am working on putting together three neighborhood meetings that will enlist the help of a facilitator. This is a complicated site with layers of plans, ordinances, and zoning that affect redevelopment. There have been several previous efforts by developers to redevelop the site that failed. The large surface parking lot cries out for a better use but any new proposal must respect the historic neighborhood and adopted plans.
The Downtown Plan https://www.cityofmadison.com/dpced/planning/documents/Downtown_Plan.pdf (2012) establishes maximum building heights for the block (page 37) of 6 stories at the street edges of E Wilson and S Blair, stepping down to 3 stories on S Franklin and E Main. There are four recommendations for First Settlement in the Downtown Plan (page 57). Most of the parcel is in the First Settlement Historic District, which was established in 2002 https://www.cityofmadison.com/dpced/planning/documents/First_Settlement_Ord.pdf but the E Wilson St frontage is in the National Register of Historic Places, not the First Settlement District https://www.cityofmadison.com/dpced/planning/documents/First_Settlement_Local%20.pdf (map). Another document that has relevant information is the First Settlement Neighborhood Master Plan (1995) https://www.cityofmadison.com/planning/ndp/firstsettlement.pdf (See page 6-8 for general recommendations for Wilson/Blair/Williamson, page 14 has specific recommendations for E Wilson commercial district).
Currently, the Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee is revising all five local historic district ordinances so that will be a concurrent process. Any proposed demolitions and proposals for new construction will require a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Landmarks Commission. The project will also be reviewed by Urban Design Commission because it is in the Downtown Core and Plan Commission. If the developer seeks a Planned Development to rezone the four houses on S Blair St zoned DR-1 or to exceed the height limits, the proposal will also go the Common Council.
Stay tuned for more details soon.
If it's not winter, it's construction!
Starting Monday, April 1, RG Huston will begin the reconstruction of: E. Wilson Street--S. Franklin St to S Blair Street; Williamson Street--S Blair Street to S Blount Street; and S. Blount Street--Capital City Bike Path to Williamson Street. Only one lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction on East Wilson Street and Williamson Street, which will result in peak hour traffic delays. South Blount Street will be fully closed for approximately one month of the overall project. Intermittent work along the Capital City Trail will require closures and detours. Project completion is scheduled for mid-August. MG&E Gas will be performing localized utility work in this area beginning the week of March 25 and will continue work during the street reconstruction project. In addition to this street reconstruction project, Wisconsin & Southern Railroad will replace the railroad crossing at the Wilson/Blair/John Nolen intersection, which will have major traffic impacts. The tentative schedule is Wednesday, June 19 through Sunday, June 23. Updates will be sent closer to that time. More, detailed project information can be found here:
http://www.cityofmadison.com/engineering/projects/williamson-and-e-wilson-st Direct any questions to the contacts listed. Tom Mohr, City Traffic Engineering(608) 267-8725 firstname.lastname@example.org Jim Wolfe, City Engineering(608) 266-4099 email@example.com
Monday March 25, 2019
Sustainable Madison Committee
4:30p room 207 MMB
1. 55125 Urban Heat Island Research.
2. 55126 Air Quality-Related Public Health Benefits of 100% Renewable Madison.
Monday March 25
4:30p room 260 MMB
9. 55081 SUBSTITUTE- Authorizing the City of Madison to accept up to $150,000 in funds from 1000 Friends of Wisconsin, Inc. and amending the 2019 Planning Division capital budget to reflect this revenue, and to authorize the City to enter into a sole source service contract with Julia Schilling for the creation of Shift, a public art installation at Highland Avenue Underpass beneath Campus Drive.
10. 55018 Resolution Requesting Dane County Eliminate its Policy on Requiring Jurisdictional Transfer of County Highways
11. 55109 Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to enter into a non-disclosure agreement with the Madison Gas and Electric Company (MGE) to facilitate the sharing of otherwise protected and confidential Trade Secrets with City Staff and City Consultants for the purposes of negotiating a contract for the procurement of solar energy through MGE's Renewable Energy Rider Program.
12. 55088 Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to Execute an amendment to the contract with AVA Civic Enterprises, Inc. as a sole source for Project Director Services for the construction phase of the Public Ramp and Judge Doyle Podium and the request for proposals to seek a developer to complete the private portion of the Judge Doyle-Block 88 Project.
13. 55141 Judge Doyle Project Legal Issues
This item is noticed to go into closed session.
Monday March 25
5p room 153 MMB
2. 47837 Landmarks Commission Historic Preservation Plan Status Report
3. 54301 Secretary's Report - 2019 - Report on Status and Condition of 417 State Street
5. 55140 Discussion of Potential Eligibility of a State Street Historic District
Monday March 25
5:30p room 201 CCB
1. 54961 Convening a Staff Team that will address the issues of on-street parking in the City and policies that influence such parking.
Develop a policy that minimizes development parking impact on existing residential neighborhoods while encouraging mode shift. Investigate measures to manage shared parking demand of infill development such as business, high density residential, entertainment, and special event needs and recommend associated policies. Develop a policy for responding to developer requests for and or/reliance on use of city owned parking and use of public right-of-way to meet their parking and loading requirements..
3. 54782 Amending Sections 28.211, 28.061, 28.072, 28.082 and 28.091 of the Madison General Ordinances to create a new use, Art Center.
DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS: This amendment creates a new use, Art Center, to be allowed as a permitted use in the LMX, NMX, TSS, MXC, CC-T, CC, DC, UOR, UMX, TE, SE, SEC, EC, and PR Districts. This new use fills a gap between traditional community centers and uses like art studios. This use will allow a single entity to carry on a variety of different arts-related activities, including creation, production, rehearsal, performance, and teaching. ...And allow accessory sales of art, food, and drink, including alcohol.
4. 54783 Amending Section 28.173(6)(c) of the Madison General Ordinances to clarify the articulation requirements for Podium Buildings.
DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS: This amendment clarifies that the articulation requirements for podium buildings applies to the lower-base facades.
5. 54784 Amending Section 28.211 of the Madison General Ordinances to create a definition of Bay Window.
DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS: This amendment creates a definition of Bay Window. This definition will allow staff to prevent individuals from using a Bay Window to add floor space that would otherwise be prohibited by the Zoning Code. "Bay Window. A structure projecting through an exterior wall that contains a window and is at least eighteen (18) inches above the finished level of the floor."
Note: Items 13 and 14 are related and should be considered together. The Plan Commission is advisory to the Transportation Commission on ID 55078.
13. 54482 901-929 E. Washington Avenue; Urban Design Dist. 8; 6th Ald. Dist.: Consideration of a demolition permit to demolish commercial buildings at 945 E. Washington Avenue and 924 E. Main Street; consideration of a conditional use in the Traditional Employment (TE) District to allow construction of a building exceeding five stories and 68 feet in height, both to allow construction of an eleven-story, 257,200 square-foot office building and 693-stall parking garage along E. Washington Avenue; and consideration of an alteration to an approved conditional use for the approved hotel at 901 E. Washington Avenue to provide an amended parking plan.
Staff report: The Planning Division recommends that the Plan Commission find the standards met and approve a demolition permit and conditional use to demolish commercial buildings at 945 E. Washington Avenue and 924 E. Main Street to construct an eleven-story, 257,200 square-foot office building and 693-stall parking garage along the E. Washington Avenue frontage; and approve an alteration to an approved conditional use for the approved hotel at 901 E. Washington Avenue to provide an amended parking plan, subject to input at the public hearing, the conditions of the Urban Design Commission's approval, and the conditions from reviewing agencies beginning on page 9 of this report. Staff also recommends that the Plan Commission recommend approval of the resolution authorizing the lease agreement with Archipelago Village, LLC, for 50 parking stalls at the South Livingston Street parking garage.
There is a lot to like about the redevelopment of the Mautz block so far. I am thrilled with the reuse of the historic Kleuter warehouse as Hotel Indigo and its recent designation on the National Register of Historic Places. Last fall, I asked the Plan Commission to delay the demolition of 924 E Main St until an actual plan to redevelop the rest of the block is presented and they agreed. The developer has now submitted plans https://madison.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=7008820&GUID=D3CABFD4-C4C7-49F3-A096-3E7FB0021050 .
Phase 1 is what is before the Plan Commission, the construction of an 11 story office building on E Wash, and an alteration to an approved conditional use that provides an amended parking plan.
Phase 2 would fill in E Main St – construct a new building on the surface parking lot, add another building to fill in the greenspace, and add a building on E Wash where the Credit union is now located. But there is no guarantee if/when this would happen.
I am concerned that Phase 1 as proposed, does not meet the goals for E Main St found in the recommendations of the Capitol Gateway Corridor Plan. If 924 E Main is demolished most of the block will be a surface parking or open space for an unknown period of years. In the Staff report, staff wrote that Landmarks Commission "recommended to the Plan Commission that the building has historic value related to the vernacular context of Madison's built environment as the work of a known architect, but that the building itself is not historically, architecturally or culturally significant. The preservation file for the building indicates that it was constructed as the National Biscuit Company Warehouse and was designed by Edward Tough and built by George Cnare and Sons."
While 924 E Main is not a grand architectural specimen like the Kleuter warehouse, it is part of the significant cluster of historic brick industrial buildings that make up the character of this former industrial corridor. The developer has already received approval for the demolition of 910 E Main to create the surface parking lot (which I supported). MNA's letter supports the retention of the façade of 924 E Main St as a way to help preserve the industrial character the BUILD plans says we care about. While I would prefer retaining and reusing the building, I would support preserving the façade.
I will be asking the Plan Commission to incorporate the façade of 924 E Main into the development proposal and delete conditional use standard #11 "Recommend that any existing façades not be salvaged, as it will impact and limit the design possibilities to develop the site. [Staff/Author's Note: No existing facades are shown to be preserved in the Plan Commission plan sets.]" In addition, I would like to see a condition requiring bird friendly and glare resistant glass be incorporated into the building.
I am disappointed the staff report is silent on the treatment of E Main St. The E Washington Ave BUILD – Capitol Gateway Corridor Plan clearly mentions standards and guidelines for E Main St:
PRIMARY STREETS AND PARKWAYS The streets and parkways are the public rooms of the Corridor. It is important to acknowledge and in some ways preserve the existing character and land use patterns in these public rooms. The public spaces of East Mifflin Street and East Washington Avenue will be preserved as well as improved, while East Main Street will be re-introduced to the community as a more prominent and important street in the Corridor (See Figure 28). (see p 22)
E MAIN STREET Blair to Ingersoll Streets - This is a working street dominated by utilities, industrial functions, and parking lots while being the entry and access to many small and established businesses. However, the Corridor should become more pedestrian friendly as a strong link to downtown and retain its cluster of historic industrial brick buildings. East Main Street facades should include pedestrian entries, but large, intensive parking and loading areas should be concealed with access directed to the north-south side streets, where possible. (see p 23)
SPECIFIC URBAN DESIGN RECOMMENDATIONS Segment 2 #1 Preservation of industrial era historic structures. (see p 25 )
14. 55078 Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute a parking lease agreement with Archipelago Village, LLC, for 50 parking stalls at the South Livingston Street parking garage.
Fiscal Note: The proposed resolution authorizes a two-year parking lease agreement with Archipelago Village, LLC, for 50 parking stalls at the South Livingston Street parking garage. The Parking Division estimates 2019 annual lease revenue of $20,000 and 2020 annual lease revenue of $27,720 based on the rate of 110% of the effective residential night permit rate (currently $42/month). The lease includes the option for two, one year extensions.
The recently constructed South Livingston Street Garage has 655 parking spaces. There are 550 spaces leased to American Family and 800 South, LLC during weekdays (Monday - Friday from 6AM to 6PM) with a minimum of 105 spaces available for public hourly parkers. During evenings and weekends, all 655 spaces are available for public hourly parking, and there is excess capacity during these times.
Archipelago Village, LLC is the developer of a new Hotel Indigo located at 901 E Washington Avenue. The hotel was approved in 2017 with 144 guest rooms and a first floor tenant space for a restaurant. Plans approved by the Plan Commission included 138 surface parking stalls located adjacent to the east and south walls of the new hotel. Recently, Archipelago Village, LLC submitted plans for approval to construct an 11-story, 257,000 square-foot office building and 693-stall parking garage adjacent to the new hotel. Once complete, parking for the hotel will be partially provided in the new garage. However, the proposed office building and garage will occupy a portion of the site previously approved for hotel parking, effectively reducing the parking on-site until the new garage is completed. In order to open the hotel, which is nearing completion and occupancy, Archipelago Village has submitted a revised plan to the Plan Commission to create a valet parking lot for the hotel in the remaining surface parking, and to lease up to 50 stalls from the Parking Division in the South Livingston Garage for use by hotel valets.
The lease agreement with Archipelago Village, LLC, for 50 overnight spaces (valid 6PM - 7AM) will generate additional revenue for the Parking Division and better utilize the garage during off-peak hours. Additionally, the overnight leased spaces will provide a temporary solution to meet hotel guest parking needs until the parking structure is completed with the next phase of development on the 900 block of East Washington. The lease duration would be a maximum of four years, with an initial term of two years, and two one-year renewal options.
Upcoming Matters - April 8, 2019
- Zoning Text Amendment - Amend Section 28.071(2)(a) to update the Downtown Height Map
- 2801 Atwood Avenue - Conditional Use - Allow free-standing vending (food truck/cart) in auto service station parking lot
Stay tuned for details about a neighborhood meeting April 3 to learn more about the conditional use and a parallel request by the BP gas station to add sale of wine to their Class A Beer and Liquor license.
Upcoming Matters - April 22, 2019
- 616-632 W. Wilson Street - Demolition Permit and Conditional Use - Demolish five residences to construct five-story, 58-unit apartment building.
From Gary Tipler's initial research RE 616 W Wilson: "After checking City Directories, there was information to suggest that Valentine Russ lived in the house or very close since about 1873.
Since 1875, Valentine Russ was listed in the directories as a gardener, likely a professional landscaper, and maintained that listing as late as 1925 while living at that house. It is possible that Valentine Russ was a friend or contractor known to Louis Claude and Edward Starck and that Claude, or the firm, designed a remodel of his house around the turn of the century, when they were designing large houses and mansions. The bracket ornaments on the porch are found on several Claude & Starck houses, though much larger and expensive ones. It would be interesting to know if there are interior features -- trims and installations that are typical of those used by Claude & Stark. They should be documented. The renovation date places it among the earliest of known houses by the firm, but in a vernacular style. News stories: Valentine Russ, 85, was a well-known "pioneer citizen", a resident of the fourth ward for 57 years. He was born in Bavaria, Germany and came to Madison in 1851. He died in his home where rites were held. He was a member of St. Raphael's Catholic Church. Madison Capital Times January 9, 1928, Madison Capital Times January 10, 1928.
Tuesday March 26
Water Utility Board
4:30p 119 E Olin conference room A+B
1. 54777 SUBSTITUTE - Creating a special task force on PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) contamination to review, analyze and provide recommendations for a comprehensive response to PFAS contamination in Madison.
Tuesday March 26
Neighborhood Meeting State Line Distillery
7p 1413 Northern Court – back gallery room
Please join me for a neighborhood meeting where we will hear about John Mleziva's proposal to change the hours for State Line Distillery. The current allowable hours are Sunday-Wednesday, 4pm-11pm, and Thursday-Saturday, 11am-11pm, however the establishment is currently only open Thursday and Friday, 5pm-11pm, and Saturday, 3pm-11pm. Mr. Mleziva proposes to change the hours on Thursday-Saturday to 11am-12am. No changes are proposed for the patio hours. It would continue to close at the current 10pm closing time.
Wednesday March 27
Urban Design Commission
4:30p room 153 MMB
5. 55051 1312 S. Park Street - SSM Dean Medical Clinic Redevelopment Located in UDD No. 7. 13th Ald. Dist. Owner: Brandon King, SSM Dean Medical Group Applicant: Melissa Huggins, Urban Assets, LLC Informational Presentation
If you are following the loss of the Pick N Save grocery store on S Park St, this may be of interest.
Wednesday March 27
5p room 206 MMB
F.1. 55078 Authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute a parking lease agreement with Archipelago Village, LLC, for 50 parking stalls at the South Livingston Street parking garage.
G.1. 54769 Key Transportation Topics: Discussion of Vision Zero Concepts
Vision Zero is a strategy to eliminate traffic fatalities and severe injuries among all road users, and to ensure safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all. First implemented in Sweden in the 1990s, where traffic deaths have been cut in half even while the number of trips increased, Vision Zero is gaining momentum across the globe, including in many U.S. communities.
Vision Zero starts with the ethical belief that everyone has the right to move safely in their communities, and that system designers and policy makers share the responsibility to ensure safe systems for travel. The Vision Zero approach recognizes that people will sometimes make mistakes, so the road system and related policies should be designed to ensure those inevitable mistakes do not result in severe injuries or fatalities. This means that system designers and policymakers are expected to improve the roadway environment, policies (such as speed management), and other related systems to lessen the severity of crashes.
G.2. 55002 Metro Transit: The Financial Impact of Family Care - projected 2018 versus actual
Wednesday March 27
Community Services Commission
5:30p 119 E Olin conference room A+B
1.55149 Neighborhood Center & Children and Youth Programming Funding Process Update
Wednesday March 27
TASK FORCE ON STRUCTURE OF CITY GOVERNMENT
6:30p room 215 MMB
5. CONSIDERATION OF POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION TO INCLUDE IN TFOGS REPORT TO COMMON COUNCIL REGARDING THE STRUCTURE OF THE COMMON COUNCIL
A. Should the position of Alder be part-time or full-time?
1. If part-time, should the City change the number of aldermanic districts
2. If full-time, should the City reduce the number of aldermanic districts?
B. Should Alders be elected from geographic districts, at-large districts, or from a mix of both geographic and at-large districts?
1. If the TFOGS decides to recommend a mix of geographic and at-large districts, what is the appropriate mix?
6. CONSIDERATION OF POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATIONS TO INCLUDE IN TFOGS REPORT TO COMMON COUNCIL REGARDING THE STRUCTURE OF THE BOARDS, COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES (BCCs)
A. Should the City's BCC structure be organized such that there are a small number of lead committees to oversee and hold accountable other BCCs dealing with related subjects?
1. If yes, should alders be required to serve only on lead committees?
2. If yes, should BCCs be required to provide annual written reports to lead committees?
7. CONSIDERATION OF OTHER POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATIONS TO INCLUDE IN THE TFOGS REPORT TO THE COMMON COUNCIL, INCLUDING:
A. Whether the City should consider creating an Office of Resident Engagement and Neighborhood Support (ORENS)
B. Whether alders should have 2 or 4 year terms
C. Whether term limits should apply to alder terms
D. Whether alders current compensation level should be changed
E. Whether Council members should be provided more support staff
F. Whether alders should be required to serve on all BCCs
G. Who should appoint alders to BCCs
H. Who should appoint residents to BCCs
I. Whether alders should chair BCCs
J. Should TFOGS recommend combining or eliminating certain committees?
Thursday March 28
Housing Strategy Committee
4p room 302 MMB
a. Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Report
2019 Report Requirements
b. 2019 Housing Strategy Committee Work Plan
Thursday March 28
MPD Policy and Procedures Ad Hoc Review Committee
6:30p room 215 MMB
Agenda not available when the update was published.
Wednesday April 3
Neighborhood Meeting – BP Gas Station- 2801 Atwood Avenue
One of the owners of the gas station, Felisa Forte, has notified me about her intention to apply for a conditional use permit to allow free-standing vending (food truck/cart) in auto service station parking lot. The Plan Commission will review the application April 8. The owners have also applied to the ALRC to add wine sales to their Class A Beer and Liquor license. The ALRC will hold a public hearing on April 17. This will be an opportunity for neighbors to get a better understanding of their proposals. I will have more details soon.
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