News & Events
Typically held on the second Tuesday of each month at Dale Heights Church, 5501 University Ave, 7:00PM (ends by 9PM). All SHNA residents are welcome to attend. Dates/times are subject to change, so please confirm with a Board member if you plan to attend.
Bike Rental in the Neighborhood
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. To learn more about the Watch Committee's project, Spring Harbor-Safe Harbor, see below.
Madison B-Cycle has installed a bike sharing stand at the corner of University Avenue and University Row. For more information on you can use the bikes, go the Madison B-Cycle web site.
Information about Coyotes and Foxes in the Neighborhood
There have been a number of coyote and red fox sightings in the neighborhood this winter. Unfortunately, coyotes have attacked some neighborhood dogs. Wildlife experts say coyotes are likely here to stay in urban areas. Removing the animals is not an option because more coyotes would simply move in. Instead, said Doug Fendry, a wildlife specialist with the DNR, residents can take a number of steps (described below) that will reduce run-ins with coyotes. Russ Hefty also said coyotes are a beneficial part of the urban ecosystem because they help keep populations of everything from feral cats to rabbits and even pesky wild turkeys in check. Fendry said attacks on people are extremely rare and added that he knows of none on record in Wisconsin.
Foxes are usually shy and wary, but they are also curious. Foxes may be active night or day, and sightings at dusk or dawn are common. They do not hibernate. They are opportunistic feeders and their primary foods include small rodents, squirrels, rabbits, birds, eggs, insects, vegetation, fruit and carrion. Foxes can thrive close to humans and can flourish in suburban and urban areas. If you want to make your property less attractive to these animals, you should follow these basic practices:
DON'T FEED COYOTES AND FOXES. Keep wild things wild! With feeding they can become more habituated to humans. Foxes that rely on foods in the environment remain wild and wary of humans. Be sure to feed your pets indoors instead of outside, which can attract many wild animals.
KEEP YOUR PETS SAFE. Experts say to keep small dogs and cats restrained at all times. Keep livestock such as rabbits and chickens in secure enclosures that prevent entry from above and below.
DON'T LET COYOTES AND FOXES INTIMIDATE YOU. Don't hesitate to scare or threaten them with loud noise, bright lights, or spraying from a hose.
SECURE YOUR GARBAGE. Foxes will raid open trash materials with tight fitting lids and keep in secure buildings when possible. Take out trash the morning pick up is scheduled, not the previous night. Keep compost in secure, vented containers.
KEEP BIRD AREA CLEAN. Use feeders designed to keep seed off the ground, as the seed attracts many small mammals foxes prey upon. Remove feeders if foxes are regularly seen around your yard.
CLOSE OFF CRAWL SPACES UNDER PORCHES AND SHEDS. Foxes use such areas for resting and raising young.
CUT BACK OVERGROWN HEDGES IN YOUR YARD. These areas provide prime cover for foxes and their prey.
The Spring Harbor Neighborhood Association boundaries encompass Old Middleton Road and the Wisconsin & Southern Railroad on the south, Lake Mendota on the north, Whitney Way
(City of Madison boundary on the east), and Camelot Drive on the west. Welcome Hickory Hollow Condominiums to the neighborhood association! [The map above represents the general area.]
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