Neighbors have earned the right to be considered in Capitol East District plans
We have long been supportive of development along the East Washington Avenue corridor in what is known as the Capitol East District. In fact it’d be fair to say we lean towards the more development the better in that exciting part of town. But, while we are intrigued by plans to redevelop the Madison Dairy property in the 10-hundred block into a mixed use project including a music venue, we think the city was right to put on the brakes.
It’s an interesting proposal, and music venues need to be part of the long-terms plans for the Cap East District. But all of the development you’re seeing occurring right now, and there’s a lot of it and a lot more planned, is the result of a decade or more of carefully built and nurtured relationships with the neighborhoods on both sides of East Wash. The kinds of development, density and building heights occurring today would not have been possible before city leaders engaged neighbors in the planning process. Trust has been built up and that trust needs to be respected. The neighbors felt that project in that place didn’t work. We respect that. A new project likely will work. Let’s keep all parties involved and keeping moving Cap East forward.