Skip to content

Another Fight Tonight For Old Home In Madison’s Marquette Neighborhood

May 28, 2015

The fight between development and the desire to keep an older home intact and serving families comes to a head tonight in my neighborhood.

There is no doubt that we live in one of the most vibrant and up-ticking sections of the city.  Everyone wants to come here to live or eat or visit.  There is much to be proud of for those who have worked to make this area so attractive.   At the same time however we must be cognizant of what makes this place so unique and special.    One of those characteristics are the homes that allow for long-term owners and residents to continue to make this the mixed-type neighborhood which all enjoy.  Removing an older home that many refer to as affordable seems to undercut the feel that we should seek to foster here.

John Coleman, a leader in this community and a member of the Marquette Neighborhood Association, has taken a most vocal stand in opposition to the demolishing of this structure.  He notes–and we should be proud of this fact–that our neighborhood has taken a very strong stand against demolition of any building built before 1945. 

This week, The Eastsider, has a powerful read on this matter.

Another proposed mixed-used development at 906 Williamson Street is facing some opposition from the neighborhood and the City Of Madison Landmarks Commission over it’s height, low percentage of affordable housing, green space and demolition of a 4-bedroom single family home currently on the site.

Louis Fortis, who owns the Gateway Mall, proposes to demolish the current home and build a four-story mixed used building with 26 apartment units, underground parking, retail space on the first floor along Willy.

Knoth-Bruce Architects has been working with Marquette Neighborhood Association to earn it’s endorsement since they feel it will be very helpful in their petition before Landmarks which is leery about approving the demolition. MNA wants to see a shorter building, more affordable housing and the current home preserved.

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: