Groundbreaking held for luxury Monona apartments on Yahara River with 'destination' eatery

2014-05-23T11:45:00Z Groundbreaking held for luxury Monona apartments on Yahara River with 'destination' eateryKAREN RIVEDAL krivedal@madison.com, 608-252-6106 madison.com

Another new restaurant from Tim Thompson will occupy the ground floor of a $22 million, mixed-use riverfront development in Monona featuring 121 luxury apartments and advanced erosion control strategies.

Thompson co-owns the Free House Pub in Middleton and just opened The Flying Hound in Fitchburg. Both feature a European focus with a draft-beer focus and menus with German and English influences.

Robin Pharo, a Madison native and sustainable building operations expert, said the restaurant for her new Monona development, to be known as Treysta on the Water, will have similar themes.

"It's meant to be a destination restaurant," she said. "It will be in the vein (of the other restaurants) with a full-service bar and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays."

City officials and Pharo held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for the project, slated for completion in early 2015. Fitchburg-based Tri-North Builders will be the general contractor.

The building also is slated to be the state's first mixed-use development to achieve a "Clean Clear Waters" designation, a new certification requiring the advanced use of best practices in erosion control, landscape conservation and storm water management.

It's administered by the Madison Area Builders Association and the Wisconsin Environmental Initiative, with third-party verification of standards.

“Madison area lakes are a vital asset to our region's livelihood,” WEI Executive Director John Imes said in a statement. “By educating builders and developers about the easy steps that can be taken to avoid harmful effects during the construction process, we can help improve the quality of our lakes.”

The site for the four-story, 79,000-square-foot building is on the 400 block of West Broadway, adjacent to  Lottes Park. It's the former home of the Hickory Lane Mobile Home Park, which closed in 2007 with residents moved out under pressure from a former developer.

Beyond the planned restaurant and retail stores on the building's first floor, and 24-hour-a-day concierge services for the apartment tenants who live above it, the 5-acre site will boast amenities including public and private boat slips, boats for rents, an expanded riverfront boardwalk and an outdoor public performance space for concerts and other events.

"I grew up on the East Side, so it's really exciting for me to bring something to Monona that really is going to be a showplace for the area," Pharo said.

The Monona City Council will spend about $300,000 to help build some of the public amenities, and the city also provided $1.5 million in taxpayer incentives to help defray costs of underground parking, utility upgrades, and fire safety and soil improvements.

Imes said strategies for landscape conservation and storm water management will include:

  • Protecting on-site storm sewer inlets with straw bales, silt fencing or equivalent measures
  • Using permeable materials such as brick pavers, flagstones or porous paving for 40% of all walkways, patios and driveways
  • Using native landscape plantings
  • Providing infiltration system for rooftop run off using rain gardens, drain tile or ponds
  • Providing on-site supervision and coordination during site clearing, grading, trenching, paving and installation of utilities to ensure green building measures are implemented.

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  1. JoeDaPlumber
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    JoeDaPlumber - May 23, 2014 8:20 am
    Maybe Robin Pharo can be known by one name after this project is completed. I only met her once a few years ago when she gave a tour of her new home that was a showplace for sustainable design and practices. She has done remarkable work to implement leading edge technology to improve the quality of living spaces while pushing the envelop on sustainable design.
    Pharo got me in touch with my own glass ceiling for what a woman can do in business. I wish her well and hope she shatters a lot of those glass ceiling as she is posed to WOW the community with this impressive project. (And REALLY, I'm just a guy who toured her new home once, not her mother. Pharo ROCKS!)
  2. River
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    River - May 22, 2014 10:34 pm
    Yes, that would've been a great park.
  3. aregross
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    aregross - May 22, 2014 10:13 pm
    Sorry Karen, I didn't mean to come off so flippant... Thanks for the fix!

    If memory serves me correctly, the area they're talking about has a lot of nice old trees, I suppose they all become wood chips. Too bad they couldn't keep that as it's a nice little hidden park area.
  4. Karen Rivedal Staff
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    Karen Rivedal - May 22, 2014 5:31 pm
    We're fixing that now, thanks.
  5. aregross
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    aregross - May 22, 2014 5:10 pm
    Pharo? Who is Pharo? Is that like Cher or Madonna, only one name?
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