Tuesday, January 27, 2009
From an article by Mike Ivey in The Capital Times:
Marcus Corp. won't have to include special bike and bus facilities at its proposed 16-screen movie theater complex on vacant land at U.S. 151 and Nelson Road.
The Madison Plan Commission Monday night OK'd a rezoning to allow development of a 47-acre parcel on the city's far eastern fringe.
Milwaukee-based Marcus hopes to have the entertainment complex, including 12 lanes of bowling and a sports bar, open for the Christmas season of 2009.
The project includes 900 surface parking spaces. There also is no transit service to the theater, which would employ 10 full-time and 250 part-time staff members.
City planners had raised red flags over parking, traffic and layout of the development -- which was once eyed as a pedestrian-oriented "lifestyle" residential, office and shopping complex.
Some members of the city Urban Design Commission have also been critical of the plan, saying the one-story theater building is "not even a good example of a suburban retail center."
But Marcus told the city it would drop the plan if forced to include additional bike and bus amenities, including a $1.5 million pedestrian/bicycle overpass at Nelson Road.