V&A News

Madison Landmarks Commission approves Essen Haus redevelopment

MADISON, WIS. Madison Landmarks Commission has approved redevelopment plans for the Essen Haus block of Williamson Street. Final approval is still pending.

JCap Real Estate plans to build an eight story, 178 unit residential building on the site, while conserving the facade of the well-known Come Back Inn and preserve the historic structures of the Hotel Ruby Marie and its Up North Bar.

The developer would also create an alley or promenade between structures to serve as a “living street” for hotel, restaurant, and pub patrons.

Brian Munson, Principal Designer at Vandewalle & Associates, explained that the designers working on the plans for redevelopment tried to lean in a singular and complementary architectural style, but with a modern twist. This latest version has won widespread approval.

Beloit holds community open house for Comprehensive Plan

BELOIT, WI (WITH EXCERPTS FROM WREX.COM ) – At a May community open house the City and representatives from Vandewalle & Associates opened the dialogue on the Comprehensive Plan Update.

A top priority is the need to create more affordability and flexibility to address the housing crisis.

“You either have a single family house, or a bigger apartment complex, there’s not a lot of options for people in the middle and we want to be able to have somebody live their entire lives in Beloit, and your needs change throughout their life.” 

The goal of the Comprehensive Plan is to enhance the City of Beloit over the next 20 years. The last comprehensive plan was last fully updated in 2008.

Resident Susan Adams says development, diversity, sustainability are some of her top priorities.

“We need to be educated about what is going on in this city and especially because this comprehensive plan is going to last for 20 years. And it’s going to be important,” says Adams.

Additional opportunities for input came in the form of a table at the Sky Carp game, as well as a survey that ran through June 3.

The draft comprehensive plan will go to Plan Commission in June and then to City Council in August to review and adopt. 

The draft plan is available on the project website. 

New plan by Vandewalle & Associates shows options for Oakwood Mall

EAU CLAIRE, WIS. (EXCERPTS FROM LEADERTELEGRAM.COM) — A study done by Vandewalle & Associates, Inc. gave the city a plan on what could possibly be developed with the Oakwood Mall.

Eau Claire Community Development Director Aaron White said this study was meant to outline what could be done with the mall to make it fit the current shopping culture and use its space to the fullest extent before something happened to make it have to change.

Vandewalle & Associates has previously worked with Eau Claire before by creating a concept for the redevelopment of the Eau Claire Cannery District, said White. To create ideas for mall development, it went through its process, which included meeting with people who owned the mall and surrounding properties, touring the location, and drawing from their own experience of redeveloping malls.

You can read the full LeaderTelegram article here.

Assistant Planner position opening

Our mission-driven planning, design, and economic development firm is seeking an Assistant Planner to support a variety of planning, redevelopment, economic development, and related projects. The right candidate will share this enthusiasm and embrace the tremendous opportunity to both learn from and contribute to this exceptional team.

We would prefer to hire an individual that is based in the Milwaukee office but would consider a candidate based in either of our two offices in Madison office and Milwaukee. The position includes flexibility to work from home. Occasional travel between the two offices for meetings will be required, as will travel to client communities.

You can read the full job posting here.

Water Council celebrates 15 years of impact

MILWAUKEE, WIS. The Water Council, a global water technology hub sprung from the water industry assets of the greater Milwaukee region, is celebrating its 15th anniversary of action, economic development, and global impact. In this video founding president and CEO Dean Amhaus remarks on Water Council history, major milestones and future. In so doing he gives a nod to the foundational Milwaukee 7 economic asset analysis done by the Vandewalle & Associates team.

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Hancock County plan wins APA award

MUNCIE, IN (excerpts from Greenfield Reporter) — Hancock County and the City of Greenfield each scored a big win at the American Planning Association’s spring conference in Muncie.

The Indiana Chapter of the APA hosted the event at the Ball State University Alumni Center, honoring professional planners and other city and county officials who have excelled in planning for success in communities throughout the state.

Hancock County’s planning director, Kayla Brooks, accepted the award for the county’s 2024 comprehensive plan, which was facilitated by Wisconsin-based Vandewalle & Associates.

A video of the APA Awards can be found here.

Madison advances Sustainability Campus to divert waste, create local circular economies

DANE COUNTY, WISC. (excerpts from landfill.countyofdane.com) – With less than 5 years of landfill space remaining at Dane County’s Rodefeld Landfill, the county has an opportunity to create an innovative plan for its future waste stream.   

A vision has been developed for this site on the East Side of Madison that includes development of a sustainable business park or “Sustainability Campus” to divert waste and create local circular economies. 

This will be accomplished by attracting reuse, repair, and recycling businesses; new waste management technologies; and research.

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Kewauskum announces draft of Downtown Revitalization Plan

KEWASKUM — (excerpts from gmtoday.com): The Village of Kewauskum recently held an open house in the Kewaskum Municipal Annex Building for residents to learn the third draft of the Downtown Revitalization Plan (DRP), hear updates on the new Kewaskum Municipal Building (which was covered in the Jan. 4 Daily News) and share their thoughts about the projects, specifically the DRP, with village representatives and associates from Vandewalle & Associates.

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Next Steps for Next Generation Housing in Washington County

JACKSON, WISCONSIN – The Vandewalle & Associates team has been hard at work implementing the Washington County Next Generation Housing (NGH) Initiative’s pilot development in the Village of Jackson in partnership with Village and County leaders.

Aimed at leveraging a novel funding structure to provide 1,000 new-construction, owner-occupied housing units to address workforce housing needs throughout Washington County by 2032, the NGH initiative will seek to ensure that 75% of the program’s housing units are sold for no more than $320,00 and that 100% are sold for no more than $420,000.

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Madison Johnson-Broom Student Housing Project Receives First Approvals

MADISON, WISCONSIN – (with excerpt from The Cap Times) – The Madison Plan Commission voted unanimously to support a proposal from nationally known student-housing developer Core Spaces to build the 465-unit student housing development near the University of Wisconsin campus. Vandewalle and Associates’ Brian Munson played a significant role in partnership with Core Spaces in getting the project through its first Plan Commission approval, from site selection and lot consolidation to refining the project’s funding structure and procedures.

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Manitowoc Moves to Acquire Catalytic Mall Redevelopment Site

MANITOWOC, WISCONSIN – (excerpt from the Herald Times Reporter): City leaders took a step towards acquiring the former Lakeshore Edgewater Plaza Mall, after recently ruling the site, which overlooks Lake Michigan, a blighted area.

The former Edgewater Plaza Mall was recognized and emphasized within the City’s recent 2023 Comprehensive Plan Update created by Vandewalle & Associates as a key catalytic development opportunity.

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V&A adds panelist to Walworth Co. Housing Summit

WALWORTH COUNTY, WI – V&A planner Sonja Kruesel was a panelist at the Walworth County Housing Summit in late September, held at the Abbey Resort. The aim of the summit was to start a county-wide discussion about challenges and potential solutions to the housing shortage. It also marked the start of a 12-month initiative led by WCEDA, and funded by Walworth County, to work with municipalities that want to facilitate housing development in their respective communities. Follow this link for more details on the summit and on the housing program.

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Cedar River Experience Economic Development

CEDAR FALLS TO WATERLOO, IOWA: Cedar Falls and Waterloo are coming together to celebrate what unites the valley geographically and economically–the Cedar River, its trail system, and its downtown public spaces.

Last year INRCOG released its proposal for the “Cedar Valley River Experience”–developed with the help of economic development and planning consultant Vandewalle & Associates.

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Dane County Sustainability Campus open house set for August 5

The Dane County Department of Waste & Renewables, Vandewalle & Associates, and other project partners are inviting members of the public to the first interactive workshop on the Sustainability Campus on Saturday, August 5th from 11:30-2:30 pm.

This workshop is being held specifically for neighbors and others located closest to the Campus developments.

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