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NOTICE: The project has been paused in order to allow the alders time to work with Madison Metropolitan (MMSD) and Deforest school districts.

Project Overview

The proposed site on at the corner Wheeler Road and Packers Avenue (South of Wheeler/West of Packers) will be developed into an affordable housing development, incorporating multiple housing types.

Current Site

  • Wheeler Road and Packers Avenue (South of Wheeler/West of Packers)
  • Sub Area 2 of the Cherokee Marsh Special Area Plan
  • 29.2 acres
  • Current use: Agricultural
Proposed Site Location (Google)

Community Assets

  • Iconic North side residential Neighborhoods
  • Cherokee Marsh State Natural Area
  • Numerous public parks and open spaces
  • Packers Avenue, Sherman Avenue, and other major roads
  • Multiple Metro Transit Stops within ~1 mile
  • Dane County Regional Airport

Draft Site Plan

The information below is based on current draft plans, which are still in the conceptual design stages. Plans will change as the project progresses, influenced by input from the City and greater community.

Current Draft Site Plan (↑ = North)

Project Description

  • 29.2-acre site
  • 315 total affordable housing units:
    • 2 60-unit buildings
    • 9 16-unit buildings
    • 3 6-unit buildings
    • 33 townhouse units
  • Stormwater storage basins
  • Southwest corner purchased by City for Whitetail Ridge Park extension
  • Community Center
  • Internal residential streets with sidewalks connecting to surrounding neighborhood
  • Below-grade garage parking

Project Programming

  • Diversity of housing types –single family detached, multifamily and townhouse
  • Range of buildings catering to a variety of ages/family compositions
  • Mix of surface and below-grade garage parking
  • Improved vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle connections
  • Community spaces, including playground, community gardens, and community center
  • Connections to local trail network and parks
  • On-site bike storage

Stormwater Management

  • Site drains southeast toward Starkweather Creek (away from Cherokee Marsh)
  • fully vegetated bio-retention basins and channels designed to provide runoff quantity control to prevent flooding
  • Use of plantings and soils that provide water quality, filtering sediment and pollutants from the runoff, and promote infiltration of the storm water
  • Designed to meet new City of Madison standards for stormwater management
  • Anticipated offsite improvements of the storm water conveyance system, coordinated with the City of Madison, Dane County and Dane County Airport.

Development Team

The Annex Group – Developer

Proudly headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, The Annex Group is a leading affordable housing developer and general contractor. The Annex Group encompasses a vast portfolio of communities valued at more than $250 million, overseeing nearly $1 billion in commercial projects including redevelopment and ground-up construction.

By adhering to our mission of providing transformative living and learning experiences for tenants through unique housing opportunities, The Annex Group serves as a catalyst for economic development in communities across the U.S.

  • Kraig Gallagher – Development Manager
  • Joy Skidmore – Development Consultant
  • Ryan Clark – Director of Development 

Urban Assets – Neighborhood & City Approvals

  • Melissa Huggins – Principal Planner
  • Marcus Pearson – Planner

Dimension IV – Architect

  • Jerry Bourquin – Architect
  • Ray White – Architect

CJ Engineering – Civil Engineer

  • Chris Jackson – Civil Engineer

Saiki Design – Landscape Architect

Planning & Engagement Timeline

Neighborhood Meetings:

  • Public Meeting 1 – May 21, 2020
  • Public Meeting 2 – June 18, 2020
  • Public Meeting 3 – July 16, 2020

City Approvals:

  • Urban Design Commission (informational, initial, final)
  • Plan Commission
  • Common Council