gozer wrote:i thought woodman's had a new east side store, such as it was, in the area betwixt sun prairie and the north-east side of madison right by exit 100 and kusek's pond and all that . . . i would think they would be wanting to fill in some gaps by maybe putting a new one in jefferson or verona or somewhere . . .
i know lots of folks from that neighbourhood and it would really suck if they moved the woodman's; it is within walking distance for quite a few folks and by the bus stop and all that . . .
I attended a meeting fairly recently where Woodmans was among the many topics discussed. The overall topic was the development of the Voit property and other land immediately to its east, along the north side of Milwaukee St.
At the meeting we were told Woodmans saw that its Milw St store was nearing the end of its useful life, and they were keeping their options wide open but considering moving across Milwaukee St but staying right in the immediate neighborhood.
Nothing was said about their other specific options. Obviously this is a good bargaining technique because if you say you're all in on a specific outcome, people can too easily take advantage.
Traffic patterns and multi modal accessibility to a new Woodmans and any other development on the mostly vacant land is a huge part of the city planning process. Right off the top, it's obvious bus access to Woodmans would improve if the new store were on the same side of Milwaukee St as East Transfer Point.
Where to run safe bike access to a whole new residential/commercial development on the property was part of the discussion though no conclusions were reached. The city considers bike access an integral part of planning and the activist bike community is well aware of the issues faced on the Voit property. Note that any development will not just be along Milwaukee St but will contain new interior streets and paths yet to be laid out. Those can include dedicated bike lanes and paths so riders could be completely off Milwaukee and Fair Oaks for a considerable distance before reaching their destination. Nobody really wants to ride on Milwaukee St except the very fit, experienced, and aggressive. That doesn't include the majority of riders, who include parents with kids in trailers, kids on bikes, older riders, and plenty of others.
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