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Labor Day Concert in Spring Harbor Park
Thanks to everyone who came to hear the Gerri DiMaggio Jazz Quartet on a beautiful Labor Day afternoon. And thanks to neighborhood resident Gerri DiMaggio for making our first neighborhood concert a success!
There have been recent burglaries in the neighborhood, on both sides of University Avenue. Windows in entry doors were broken to access the homes. These incidents have occurred at night when the residents were home. Look for and report all suspicious activity to the police.
SPRING HARBOR-SAFE HARBOR PROJECT
The neighborhood received a grant from the City of Madison to conduct a survey of the neighborhood to gather input on activities, events, programs and services that might better meet the needs of residents, address crime issues, and help build a stronger community.
The survey has been conducted and the results were reviewed at a public meeting in November. An action plan on how to develop a safer, more viable neighborhood that engages all residents in the Spring Harbor neighborhood and the larger community was developed at the meeting.
The action plan was presented to the SHNA Board at its December meeting for review and feedback. For more information about the action plan, contact your area director.
Download the file "Spring Harbor Safe Harbor Project" for more details about the project.
Join the Neighborhood Watch Committee
A committee has been established to work on crime prevention and to improve communication on neighborhood safety. If you are interested in joining the WATCH committee, contact your area director.
Home Security Checklist
UNIVERSITY CROSSING: OPEN FOR BUSINESS
[Posted November 2013]
Three new University Crossing buildings are complete and are being occupied. UW-Health Digestive Health Center opened in April and is now fully staffed. The 3-story office/retail building at the corner of University Ave and Whitney Way opened in September along with a 4-story apartment building behind it. The apartment building with 118 rental units is in the shape of a horseshoe with a roof garden in the middle that covers a parking garage underneath.
A new street called University Row serves the entire building complex. Surface parking for UW Health with 230 spaces is located back from the street and yet close to the main entrance. The apartments are served with an enclosed parking garage recessed under the roof garden with approximately 300 spaces. Part of the parking structure at street level is open to the public to serve shoppers and visitors. Some street parking is also available next to the main buildings.
Early occupants of office and retail spaces include Associated Dentists, Potter Lawson Architects (the firm designing University Crossing), and Energy Center of Wisconsin. EVP Coffee and Sandwiches is located at the ground level of the apartment building facing UW Health. Snap Fitness Center is next to them.
An open lot of approximately 5 acres at the back of the complex remains unbuilt. It is steep and highly eroded—scheduled to be turned into a grassy field for the coming 2-3 years until future construction takes place. UW Health earlier this year purchased the 5-acre lot as well as the clinic building and surface parking lot. It means more health-related facilities can be expected to be built in the future.
University Crossing has changed the neighborhood. Population is increasing with the addition of new apartments. Traffic on University Ave is more intense. Runoff is impacting Spring Harbor and city well #14 across the avenue. New businesses and coffee shops are welcomed, but some changes have surprised the neighborhood. For example, when UW Health installed a large highway-sized clinic sign, it was powered with hi-tech LED/HD filaments that cast irritating laser-like light beams three blocks into the neighborhood. UW Health, in response to neighborhood protests, finally installed filters that dimmed the lights by 30%.
The good side of University Crossing is its energy efficient designs and tasteful setback from the street that avoids the stack’em and pack’em effect now popular in many developments. The campus layout also eliminates the strip-mall arrangement that used to dominate University Ave, the result of approving one building at a time each with its own driveway. University Crossing can now become part of what is shaping up to be the Hilldale/Hill Farms City Center-West.
For questions or comments, contact:
SHNA Planning & Development Committee
Herman Felstehausen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Greg Hull, email@example.com
University Avenue Road Work Completed 2012
In the fall of 2012, a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the reopening of all the traffic lanes from Segoe Road to Allen Boulevard. The City of Madison, Dane County, City of Middleton, Village of Shorewood Hills and the State of Wisconsin jointly worked together on this project, which was funded by federal and local sources. The ribbon cutting took place near the redesigned and reconstructed pedestrian tunnel. Landscaping of the road work area continues.
Residential Development Document