My previous post started to address the question raised as part of the Edgewater debate: is the development review process in Madison broken? With an attempt at starting a conversation, I featured the Park Central development in the Marquette neighborhood as one success story of the process.
David Waugh commented on the experience in the Tenney-Lapham neighborhood with recent development projects. David cited the Colony Condominiums at 627 E. Mifflin, being developed by Great Dane Development, as a success story. The neighborhood endorses the 66-unit project, designed to comply with the proposed East Washington Avenue BUILD Plan and ranges in height from 3 stories along E. Mifflin to seven stories at the rear lot line. The three story elevation consists of a series of rowhouses with individual entries enhancing the streetscape.
In their endorsement of the project, the Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood Assocation cited the following positive elements:
• Owner occupancy
• Townhouses with private entryways on East Mifflin
• Diversity of floor plans
• Lower building massing on East Mifflin graduating toward higher massing on the block interior.
• Distinctive, quality architecture with interesting details
Details of the project provided by the neighborhood can be found here.
Another Tenney-Lapham project, on the 700 block of East Johnson Street, involved more controversy because it removed 11 homes. David states that the developer, Stone House Development (also the developer of Park Central Apartments) “worked with the neighborhood and it sailed through all city processes.”
Planning for the large-scale, full-block redevelopment of the Don Miller Subaru site on the 800 block of East Washington involved extensive neighborhood input. Although the project failed due to a financing dispute between the City and the developer, Gorman and Company, the neighborhood process was positive (perhaps the developer is relieved not to have all those condo units on the market right now–now we have a chance to focus more on employment needs).
So far, we have 4 examples of recent medium- to high-density development projects that successfully worked through the city process. Common elements between these projects are:
- existence of and adherence to a neighborhood plan that includes design guidance and standards
- early involvement with all stakeholders, including the neighborhood
- willingness on all parties to be flexible and work together towards a project that meets multiple objectives (quality of life, financial, environmental)
I would love to hear from others about their experiences with the process, whether positive or negative, so we can expand the list of what works and doesn’t work.