MADISON (WKOW) – Madison's west side is the site-of-choice for a $100 million redevelopment project that would include UW Health clinics.
People living near University Avenue and North Whitney Way are joining in on the discussion about the plans.
They say they support the project but want more say in the specifics.
"There could be more done to make this feel like an urban center, not just an office park with a coffee shop," said Herman Felstehausen, an Indian Hills resident.
The 14 acres of land is now filled with rundown, empty buildings.
"It is about the worst use you could have for this valuable property that could be so much more," said Council Member Mark Clear.
Krupp Construction wants to create University Crossing—a place where people can work, live and shop. New UW Health clinics could take up most of the area, along with apartments and a hotel.
"It will bring employment and healthcare that would otherwise go to suburbs and sprawl land," Clear said.
Dozens of people living around the area showed up to a neighborhood meeting to find out how this project will affect them. They say they are concerned about the traffic it will bring, especially considering construction planned next year on University Avenue from Segoe Road to Shorewood Boulevard.
They are also looking to preserve the beauty in the area.
"Our neighbors want to see more green space," Felstehausen said.
"There is quite a nice view coming down University Avenue, heading west," said Faith Fitzpatrick, Spring Harbor resident. "That is another aspect we want to make sure is preserved."
Constructing the entire project is expected to take five to eight years. It is still in initial planning phases so people at the meeting were not always getting the answers they were looking for.
"It is still pretty vague," Fitzpatrick said.
But they say all involved are listening.
"In that sense, the process proceeded well in the context of the way urban development usually happens in Madison," Felstehausen said.
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