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City council approves development on Atwood Avenue

City council approves development on Atwood Avenue

A four-story development on Atwood Avenue was unanimously approved by the Madison Planning Commission Monday night.

The project calls for 3,000 feet of retail space and about 36 apartments.

Madison city leaders reviewed the plans for the building to be built at Atwood Avenue and Dunning Street at Monday night?s city council meeting.

Alder Marsha Rummell said there are still some outstanding concerns about the project for some neighbors, but the developer has been willing to work with residents.

Prep pipes for plummeting temps, utility says

As temperatures were predicted to drop into the single digits Thursday night, a utility department reminded Madison residents to prepare their homes to protect pipes from bursting. 

The Madison Water Utility said a few preventative steps taken now can help avoid a messy -- and costly -- consequence. 

The department recommended that Madisonians:

  • Check outdoor spigots to make sure all hoses are
  • Disconnect hoses from outdoor spigots
  • Make sure outdoor spigots are turned off and drained
  • Insulate pipes in unheated areas like crawl spaces, unheated garages, attics
  • Leave some heat on in unused areas of the home

If a resident is planning to go out of town for a few days, the water utility also suggests to: 

Committee to discuss retail, housing development on Willy Street

Talks of building a major development on Willy Street will continue Wednesday morning.

The Marquette Neighborhood Preservation and Development Group will meet to talk about a new development around the 700 block of Williamson Street that could reach as high as 10 stories. The space is currently the parking lot between Ground Zero Coffee and the Olds building.

The developer wants to build a $46 million retail and housing complex but neighbors are split on what to do.

If you’d like to attend the meeting or learn more, it is scheduled for 8 a.m. Tuesday at the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center on Jenifer Street. The committee will hold a discussion and then vote on a recommendation to the neighborhood board.

Students want 'historic' designation for Langdon Street

Students want 'historic' designation for Langdon Street

There's another new development planned for downtown, which has UW students coming together to protect their neighborhood, but some think their efforts are unnecessary.


Olbrich expansion project seeks public input

Olbrich expansion project seeks public input

Olbrich Gardens to host redevelopment meetings

Olbrich Botanical Gardens will host a series of meetings for public input on a development plan for new buildings.

Olbrich is working with HGA, an architectural firm, to evaluate building needs. Final recommendations may include additions and renovations, a news release said.

An upcoming meeting on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on pre-design planning is the second in a series of planning forums.

Three more meetings will be held through May 20.

The planning process will begin with a declaration of guiding principles. Schematic design input forums will follow.

Olbrich said it will maintain up-to-date information on meeting notes on its website.

East side residents put forward their vision for Union Corners' development

East side residents put forward their vision for Union Corners' development


Residents want a grocery store, LEED or green certified structures, and on-site housing that could support the needs of elderly residents

Madison Apartment Vacancy Hits Historic Low

Madison Apartment Vacancy Hits Historic Low

Madison's apartment vacancy rate hit its lowest level in at least 16 years, as economic challenges have forced thousands of Madison residents to seek affordable units.

Only 2.6 percent of the city's apartment units were available in the third quarter, according to Madison Gas and Electric data. Vacancies have dwindled nearly every year since 2005, when 6.4 percent of units didn't have occupants.

The high demand is causing rent prices to increase and allowing landlords to turn more potential tenants away, said Brenda Konkel, executive director at the Tenant Resource Center in Madison.

"It's probably the worst I've seen it," she said. "For people who have had problems with unemployment, who don't have steady income, for people who have any type of blemish on their rental record, it's become incredibly difficult."