Background

Site Context

Redevelopment Site Context

Community Assets

  • University Research Park
  • Hy-Vee grocery store
  • West Transfer Point
  • Future BRT route
  • Adjacent Opportunity Zone
  • Whitney Square shops and restaurants
  • Iconic residential neighborhoods
  • Beltline and other major roads

Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD)

Projected MMSD Impact Due to Westgate Mall Redevelopment

MMSD has a formula for estimating how many children would be added to the school district as result of new development. The projected estimate (below)is based on recent evidence from other development sharing a few key characteristics (number of stories, type of development)

Schools Served at this Location

The three attendance area schools for the proposed redevelopment are:

  • Van Hise ES at 98% of capacity, projected to be at 83% in 2024-2025
  • Hamilton MS at 80% of capacity, projected to be at 73% in 2024-2025
  • West HS at 99% of capacity, projected to be at 99% in 2024-2025

MMSD Estimate at Location

  • The estimate number of students per a unit in a 4 story building per the report is 0.053 students in an urban residential setting (Westgate redevelopment is considered urban)
  • These estimated factors are based on recent development and occupancy information for all of the land included in MMSD’s attendance boundary.
  • Using these factors, the estimated number of overall students due to these development is around 24 students.
  • Spread across MMSD’s 14 grades (K4, KG, 1, 2, …, 11, 12) this is fewer than 2 students in each grade.
  • This would not be a burdensome impact, even considering the fact that Van Hise ES and West HS are currently near 100% of their current capacity.

Letter to Madison Metropolitan School District

Summary of Projected Impact (From MMSD)

Future Land Use for Westgate Mall

2018 Comprehensive Plan (Imagine Madison)
Helps determines use, density, height, and type of development.

Regional Mixed Use (RMU)

  • High-intensity centers supporting a variety of multifamily housing options and commercial activity
  • Close to major streets, roads, and highway interchanges, and along existing and planned high frequency/high capacity public transit routes
  • Large-scale sites supportive of multistory buildings (2-12 stories)

Transit Oriented Development (TOD)

  • Compact, vertical and horizontal mixed‐use focused on the highest development densities and intensities in very close proximity to high capacity transit stops
  • Mix of residential, retail, office, open space and public uses in a compact, walkable environment
  • Provide a mixture of housing types, sizes, tenures, and costs

Current Zoning

Commercial Center District (CC): established to recognize the existing large-format retail and office sites within the City that remain largely auto-oriented, and to encourage their transformation into mixed use centers that are equally conducive to pedestrian, bicycle, transit and motor vehicle activity. (City of Madison Zoning Code)

  • Improve the quality of landscaping, site design and urban design within commercial centers.
  • Encourage diversification of land use in commercial centers.
  • Encourage appropriate transitions between higher-intensity uses and adjacent lower-density residential districts.
  • Facilitate preservation, development or redevelopment consistent with the adopted goals and recommendations of the Comprehensive Plan and of adopted neighborhood.

Neighborhood Context

Midvale Heights/Westmorland Neighborhood Plan (2009 update)
https://www.cityofmadison.com/planning/ndp/documents/MidvaleWestmorlandNeighborhoodPlan1010s.pdf

Neighborhood Plan Recommendations:

  • Proposed future redevelopment area: Westgate Mall
  • Encourage future redevelopment opportunities that respect the current neighborhood character and support evolving neighborhood form and vitality.
  • Create increased housing options by encouraging mixed-use development at locations identified for redevelopment.
  • Link all new commercial land uses to the adjacent neighborhoods through pedestrian and bicycle connections.

Midvale Heights Community Association: http://www.midvaleheights.org/MHCA_HomePage

Alder (District 10): Zachary Henak – district10@cityofmadison.com