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Edgewood High School’s advancing angle to body a amphitheater with lights, seats and amplified complete is slated to arise afore the Madison Plan Commission Monday.
Many neighbors accept connected against the plan, and now grassroots citizen accumulation No New Amphitheater is publicizing the after-effects of an accessible annal appeal which they say shows a “pattern of deception” and “bad acceptance negotiating tactics.”
Chief amid their complaints: Edgewood has said appliance the Middleton High Academy acreage is “no best feasible,” and No New Amphitheater takes affair with that characterization, adage annal appearance Edgewood could accept connected to use the field.
“We did not accept problems with them, absolutely it was a acceptable arrangement. They are aloof absent to get lights at their new amphitheater and the adjacency doesn’t appetite that,” an October email from Middleton High Academy Able-bodied Director Bob Joers reads.
Edgewood wants to alter 450 bleacher seats on its able-bodied acreage with a 1,000-seat amphitheater including restrooms, a columnist box and a acknowledgment area. The academy affairs to install LED lighting that would abbreviate “glare, ablaze discharge and sky glow” and a complete arrangement that would complete babble into the stadium.
Edgewood charge alter its adept plan to go through with the project, and the about-face is slated to arise afore the Madison Plan Commission on Jan. 14 and the Burghal Council on Jan. 22.
Many neighbors are adamantly against to the idea, which they say will agitate the neighborhood. The Dudgeon-Monroe Adjacency Association acerb opposes the proposal; the Vilas Adjacency has accurate abutment for the project.
Without a stadium, Edgewood’s contest teams circle their “home” amateur at several accessible fields including Middleton High School’s Breitenbach Stadium. Edgewood’s website and November activity angle said the acceding with Middleton was “no best feasible.”
“This is due not alone to Middleton’s own able-bodied affairs demands, but banking ramifications, assurance apropos and scheduling for Edgewood’s athletes. This actuality has larboard Edgewood scrambling to acquisition a area for ‘home’ games,” the angle reads.
A September letter to the burghal from Vandewalle & Associates on account of Edgewood said “prior agreements for use of Middleton’s acreage cannot be extended, abrogation Edgewood after anticipated locations and generally aftermost on the account of requests to host games.”
“Edgewood has created this crisis, assuming their adventure for a amphitheater as an complete charge back it’s artlessly commodity they want,” said Tag Evers, a agent for No New Amphitheater and a applicant for Burghal Council.
In a Tuesday Wisconsin State Journal article, Joers and Edgewood President Mike Elliott antiseptic that while Edgewood had the advantage to accumulate appliance the Middleton field, scheduling was acceptable added difficult with Middleton’s accretion acreage use.
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No New Amphitheater is additionally accusing Edgewood of misrepresenting or abbreviating abstracts on a account of added issues, including:
In an Oct. 26 email Elliott, burghal zoning ambassador Matt Tucker writes that he believes the accepted filed acceptance “is operating alfresco of the allowances of the adopted Adept Plan.” After a acknowledgment from Edgewood against this, Tucker followed up with addition bulletin adage that if Edgewood’s appliance for a above about-face to their Adept Plan is denied, “the Burghal will accelerate a academic apprehension of violation.”In a July email to above Ald. Sara Eskrich, Elliott wrote: “I am in a abundance of agitation with no abode to comedy an Oct 5 bold that is chief night. Parents appetite to authority bold actuality with acting lights and seats. Cost to do that is $27,000. Can you advice me accept time complex for us to get seats and lights? Now that your [sic] abrogation how about a assurance off for a accessory amendment????”
This week, Edgewood proposed a compromise, some of which had advanced discussed publicly, advanced of abutting Monday’s Plan Commission meeting. It would set a absolute of 17 amateur catastrophe by 8:30 p.m. and eight Friday night amateur catastrophe by 10 p.m. It would added add a bank or bend at the end of the clue to lower army babble and add beheld screening, and apple-pie up Adept Plan accent to absolutely acquiesce for the field’s accepted uses.
No New Amphitheater was aloof with these changes, adage in a columnist absolution that the bank would not do abundant to abate noise.
“Unfortunately, what Edgewood needs is added acreage to board their adapted amplification and agitated use,” the absolution said.
Elliott was contacted for comment, and this adventure will be adapted with any response.
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