City Council Changes Course On Terrace Avenue Redevelopment Project

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Matt Geiger
Phase one of the two-part redevelopment of Terrace Avenue, pictured above, will now be voted on after phase two is complete

Plans to redevelop Terrace Avenue and North High Point Road were turned on their head last week when the Middleton Common Council abruptly decided to proceed with phase two of the project before it tackles phase one.

The new plan is markedly different than any of the three options recommended by the Middleton Plan Commission seven says earlier.

Phase two involves rebuilding Terrace Avenue between Parmenter Street and North High Point Road.

The project, which would be funded using Tax Increment Financing and cost an estimated $2.8 million, includes new sewer and water utilities and a new streetscape using decorative bricks to match pedestrian friendly areas elsewhere in the downtown. Construction is slated to begin in 2014.

Phase one, which city councilors made a point of saying has not yet been explicitly approved, had previously been the primary focus of planning work and committee discussions. Phase one would focus on improving the intersection of North High Point Road and Terrace Avenue, and could include a new parking lot in the area, a re-alignment of the intersection and possibly public art. Work on phase one was initially expected to begin in 2013.

But last week’s motion, which was approved 6-2 with aldermen Hans Hilbert (Dist. 7) and Howard Teal (Dist. 5) in opposition, means the city could easily re-appropriate the $1.5 million it already borrowed for phase one. The additional $1.3 million to fully fund phase two could also be borrowed using TIF.

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