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New Oliv redevelopment project underway in Madison’s State Street Corridor

Posted by on Mar 23, 2022

New Oliv redevelopment project underway in Madison’s State Street Corridor

MADISON, WISC. Demolition is making way for a new 10-story mixed use redevelopment project in Madison’s State Street corridor. Core Spaces, the developer behind such large-scale, student-oriented housing projects as The Hub and The James, worked with Vandewalle & Associates on entitlement and public facilitation services. Whereas The Hub and The James were geared toward luxury student rentals, this project will provide a wider mix of housing in its 386 units — from micro-units to five bedrooms — including as many as 100 low-income accessible units, and...

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Vandewalle & Associates welcomes Elias Vareldzis as assistant planner

Posted by on Mar 21, 2022

Vandewalle & Associates welcomes Elias Vareldzis as assistant planner

The Vandewalle & Associates’ team is delighted to welcome Elias Vareldzis as Assistant Planner.  Elias is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Masters of Urban Planning program, and has experience working as Assistant Planner and Floodplain Manager for the City of Glendale, Wisconsin. At V&A he will be working to provide research, analysis, and other project assistance to a variety of community planning projects stemming from the Milwaukee–office team.   Elias is eager to work as part of the...

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Comprehensive Plan Update events offer multiple points of community outreach

Posted by on Mar 21, 2022

Comprehensive Plan Update events offer multiple points of community outreach

The Vandewalle & Associates planning team is working with a number of Midwestern communities on their Comprehensive Plan Updates including Williams Bay, Altoona, Manitowoc, and Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. The team is also working on a comprehensive update for Hancock County, Indiana in conjunction with an Economic Development Strategy and Thoroughfare Plan.  Each of these comprehensive plan efforts can include multiple opportunities for public engagement out in the community such as open houses, focus groups, online and in-meeting surveys, and other outreach tools that are a great way...

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Work begins to realize vision for Verona’s former Sugar Creek Elementary property

Posted by on Mar 21, 2022

Work begins to realize vision for Verona’s former Sugar Creek Elementary property

VERONA, WISC. (WITH EXCERPTS FROM WKOW.COM): In a public private partnership with the City of Verona, local real estate developers The Alexander Company and Steve Brown Apartments – working together with consultant Vandewalle & Associates for master plan, entitlement, visioning, and graphics – have commenced construction at the former Sugar Creek Elementary School site on Verona Avenue to create a new community hub and destination. The City of Verona selected the development team last year in a competitive, public proposal process. Through this public private...

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Kewaskum to create Main Street Revitalization Plan with V&A

Posted by on Mar 21, 2022

Kewaskum to create Main Street Revitalization Plan with V&A

KEWASKUM, WISC. (WITH EXCERPTS FROM GMTODAY.COM): Kewaskum will be entering a contract with Vandewalle and Associates to create the Main Street Revitalization Plan.  The Washington County Site Redevelopment Steering Committee met on Thursday, and took up “the Village of Kewaskum downtown redevelopment plan request utilizing the Washington County Brownfields Assessment Fund” on its agenda. According to documents and Village Administrator Adam Gitter, Kewaskum requested $32,000 for a downtown planning effort. The village will pay $8,000 as well, for a total of $40,000. The county...

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North Fish Hatchery Road vision and redevelopment take shape

Posted by on Mar 21, 2022

North Fish Hatchery Road vision and redevelopment take shape

FITCHBURG, WISC. (WITH EXCERPTS FROM MADISON.COM): Now that the City of Fitchburg has finished a $20 million reconstruction of the North Fish Hatchery Road corridor, the area is being eyed for an urban renewal, something akin to the growth Madison’s East Washington Avenue has experienced in the last decade. The 1.6-mile reconstruction project, with corridor vision prepared by planning and economic development firm Vandewalle & Associates, and construction designed and managed by Fitchburg-based KL Engineering, started in 2020. It included improvements to address...

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Vandewalle & Associates welcomes Sonja Kruesel as Associate Planner

Posted by on Mar 1, 2022

Vandewalle & Associates welcomes Sonja Kruesel as Associate Planner

Vandewalle & Associates is extremely proud to welcome Sonja Kruesel as Associate Planner. Sonja is someone with deep community knowledge that the team has been delighted to bring on board ready to ‘hit the ground running’ –  having served as both City Planner and Planning Director and worked with us in both of the V&A client communities of Monona and Fitchburg, Wisconsin. Sonja brings to our team 10 years of experience in comprehensive planning, project leadership and management, and strategic planning across a variety of geographies and socio-economic...

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Scott Harrington offers “greater certainty for project approval” at WEDA conference

Posted by on Feb 17, 2022

Scott Harrington offers “greater certainty for project approval” at WEDA conference

Scott Harrington, Principal Planner at Vandewalle & Associates, spoke in early February at a half-day seminar at the WEDA (Wisconsin Economic Development Association) Academy on economic development project analysis. Scott shared some of the best ways – gained from decades of experience with successful project management – to bring greater certainty to approval of economic development projects.  “It’s all about process, process, process,” said Scott. “Knowing how yours works, and being prepared to coherently explain/show it to...

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$50M low-cost housing project proposed for northside Madison industrial site

Posted by on Feb 15, 2022

$50M low-cost housing project proposed for northside Madison industrial site

MADISON, WISC. (WITH EXCERPTS FROM madison.com): A Madison, Wisc. nonprofit is proposing a $50 million-plus low-income housing project to replace a sprawling, vacant former bakery property on the East Side. Wisconsin Housing Preservation Corp. (WHPC) is under contract to buy the 6-acre former Bimbo Bakeries USA property at 3401 E. Washington Ave. with the intent of creating about 250 subsidized apartments in three buildings, a small park and parking at the site. The proposed buildings would range from three to six stories. WHPC, created in 2002, has developed and renovated more...

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Making Madison more affordable

Posted by on Dec 12, 2021

Making Madison more affordable

Dec. 12, 2021 (EXCERPTS FROM MADISON.COM/WSJ) – In this commentary, the Wisconsin State Journal editorial board describes how the planned Oliv Madison project is working to provide rooms rented at below-market rates for low-income students. Vandewalle & Associates is assisting this work by developer Core Spaces. “This is the kind of creativity and flexibility Madison needs more of to solve its affordable housing crisis. “The Madison City Council on Tuesday approved a student apartment building on State Street that granted the developer two extra floors of height (to 10 stories) in...

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