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Say NO to Steve Brown Apartments Project

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TheCity of Middleton, WI, is reviewing a development proposal to build a high density apartment at the northwest corner of Blackhawk Road and Pleasant View Road (8850 Blackhawk Road, Development Parcel ID #038-0708-152-9330-0) on a total site area of 3.38 acres. The parcel presently contains a single-family residence with other single-family residences bordering or near-by and would need to be rezoned. The City of Madison entered into an agreement with the City of Middleton to supply sewer and water to the development parcel "because it would be cost prohibitive for the City of Middleton to extend the nearest Middleton water service.”

As residents of the Blackhawk Neighborhood Homeowners Association, we support this petition in opposition to the proposed development for the following reasons:

·the closest apartment (i.e., Boulder Creek) has an apartment density of 15.29 units/acre, which is significantly less than the proposed apartment density for the development parcel;
·the location of the development parcel is unable to maximize pedestrian, bike, and mass transit resulting in a high-density parking lot;

·the proposed development would have its entrances on Blackhawk Road which would spill traffic into Blackhawk neighborhood contrary to the amended 2006 Blackhawk Neighborhood Development Plan, a supplement to the City of Madison Comprehensive Plan; and

·"drive-through" traffic in the Blackhawk neighborhood severely compromises children's safety and increased congestion at the Blackhawk/Pleasant View intersection raises concerns about school bus safety.

THEREFORE,we urge the City of Middleton and their representatives to reject the developer's proposal and embrace responsible growth that is commensurate with the surrounding area.

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