Thursday, April 12, 2007

Condos after Dark: Monroe Street Plans


Construction hasn't started on this proposed Monroe Street project, but eventually some dark windows on the penthouse floor wouldn't be surprising -- the $800K asking price seems pricey for a 4th-floor view of Wingra Park and its small namesake lake. For that kind of money, you could get more elevation and bigger lakes downtown.

Meanwhile, the windows of the Tudor-style apartments that have long occupied the space next to Wingra Park were blazing brightly the other night. Here's a link to the Capital Times story in the photo that tells about the proposal sailing through the Planning Commission with no real opposition, only a warning from one commission member.
The lone concern was raised by commission member Kelly Thompson-Frater who said the razing of the three apartment buildings could eventually "bleed into the neighborhood" and pressure other older structures, including the Arboretum Arms apartments just to the west.

"As a group, those apartments (to be torn down) are historic in nature," she said.
In addition to history, there are issues of scale and livability. Wingra Park is a jewel, an unassuming, quiet little green space that gracefully balances the needs of a diverse range of visitors from the neighborhood and beyond. Its intimate urban ecology could easily be disrupted by the scale of this development and others of similar size likely to follow in its wake. And it's not as if we have a major condo shortage right now. But the Planning Commission seems to think we need more.

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