Something old, something new... The design for the unbuilt Glass Nickel Pizza Company borrowed elements from their old building. The polychrome stone-and-brick front entrance recalles their previous building in an early 20th century block face. The two story brick structure includes the pizza restaurant and kitchen on the ground level and a wheelchair accessible living unit. The second floor accomodates eight new apartments, each with with it's own balcony.
East side neighbors and planners have been very active in recent years. Their work -- whether it's on the reconstruction of East Washington Avenue, the Census Tract 20 Plan, the BUILD (Better Urban Infill Land Development) project or the the Schenk-Atwood Master Plan -- emphasizes 'new urbanism' concepts of mixed use and traffic calming to improve the livability and economic health of the district. This is first project to be proposed for the west end of the BUILD study area. The Glass Nickel owners and Design Coalition worked closely with City staff to ensure that this project would extend the new planning concepts and spur more development of equal quality. The Glass Nickel project also models the design guidelines of the Schenk-Atwood Master Plan. Read more about Madison's East Side planning efforts.