A little blue building on Atwood Avenue could be replaced by a multi-family development. It's not a major development proposal, but it may be just about the right size for the parcel, said Brad Hinkfuss of the Schenk-Atwood-Starkweather-Yahara neighborhood association.
Tuesday night, a neighborhood meeting at Plymouth Congregational Church, 2401 Atwood Ave., will address the proposal starting at 7 p.m.
McCaughey Properties, LLC, owns the property and is the developer behind the project. The company manages other properties in the Schenk-Atwood neighborhood and throughout central Madison.
The proposal seeks to demolish the existing blue five-unit apartment, built in 1906. In its place, a three-story multi-family building with an attached four-stall garage would occupy the site. The building would include nine units, according to Ald. Marsha Rummel’s blog.
The site is adjacent to Maple Ridge Condominiums at 2929 Atwood Ave., and kitty-corner from Madison-Kipp Corporation at 201 Waubesa St.
Asked about his decisions to redevelop the property and the potential timeline of the project, Patrick McCaughey wrote in an email that “I really need to be fair to the neighborhood and present the information to them first.”
Hinkfuss, chair of the SASY executive committee and Preservation and Development committee, said in an email the P&D committee met with the owner and “didn’t view it as a contentious project at the time, and I doubt that it'll ruffle many feathers. In the scheme of development that's been happening in this neighborhood for the past 5+ years, this one is relatively small.”
While the SASY neighborhood was described as “scruffy” in the 1960s and 1970s, a revitalization of the neighborhood kicked off with the 1987 transformation of the old Eastwood Cinema (operating as an X-rated theater at the time) into the Barrymore Theater. Since then, Atwood Avenue has seen many redevelopment projects and new businesses, leading Mayor Paul Soglin to declare it “one of the most exciting places in Madison” in 2014.
Hinkfuss added there’s high pressure for residential development in the neighborhood, and density is better suited to Atwood Avenue than “deeper in the neighborhoods.”