On that, proponents and critics of the nearly 400,000-square-foot office/retail project almost certainly agree.
Advocates say the offices and promised traffic roundabout at Morris and Spring streets will transform a shabby strip mall and revitalize the area.
Opponents say M Station will worsen traffic and eliminate affordable eateries and free parking.
If you couldn’t make Thursday’s meeting, here is video:
Newcomers to this saga will find a concise overview, from the administration’s perspective, delivered here by town Planner Phil Abramson. The video starts a few minutes into his talk, which is similar to other videos we have posted:
Here are public comments from Lindsay Holleran, Kadija Gaylord, Stephen Zaklukiewicz, Ollie Starnes, Michael Dey and Margret Brady. Dey, who stands to lose his Fatty’s sub shop to the roundabout, reprises his support for the project. Brady, who served on the council in the early 1980s, responds with a proverb and insists the project can be better:
Below is the second and final vote (the first reading was on Sept. 25, 2019) approving the M Station project. It’s an amendment to a 2008 redevelopment plan for the property; among other things, it allows one of two proposed buildings to exceed a six-story limit (to seven stories). At-large Councilman David Silva, a pastor, says life is full of risks and M Station is one worth taking. Council President Toshiba Foster agrees it’s time to roll the dice. Voting by phone, Second Ward Councilwoman Hiliari Davis says she’s on top of this despite missing several public meetings. First Ward Councilman Robert Iannaccone suggests a ground-floor marketplace akin to the Milwaukee Public Market might offer retailers and food vendors affordable booths. Fourth Ward Councilwoman Alison Deeb is absent.