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Posted on: August 31, 2017

DRAFT Historic Pheasant Branch Crossing Plan and Design Guidelines

The City of Middleton is considering a Historic Pheasant Branch Crossing concept plan and design guidelines. Pheasant Branch was an early settlement in Middleton Township, but its location is now within the City of Middleton. The Pheasant Branch settlement area contains some of the oldest buildings in Dane County, including the historic Stamm House, which was built in 1847 and has served as a store, a post office, and possibly even a station on the “Underground Railroad” offering refuge to former slaves seeking freedom in the North.  The Middleton Area Historical Society has a document on their website that contains additional information about the Pheasant Branch Settlement, and other historic buildings in the area. You can find the document at: http://middletonhistory.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/MAHS-Pheasant-Branch.pdf 

The City of Middleton is embracing the opportunity to celebrate these historic structures and their location proximate to the Pheasant Branch Creek, trails, and Conservancy; highlighting their history and architecture as key ingredients of the district’s unique flavor; and thoughtfully repurposing these structures to draw new activity and investment to an attractive, pedestrian-oriented district. Going forward, the concept plan and design guidelines can also serve as a guide as decisions are made related to infill and redevelopment opportunities within the district.

We have compiled the enclosed draft document entitled ‘Historic Pheasant Branch Crossing’ and the enclosed draft document entitled "Historic Pheasant Branch Crossing Design Guidelines." Let us know what you think about this document by email at aattoun@ci.middleton.wi.us or by phone at (608) 821-8343. Your comments will be considered part of the public record for this document.

Please note that this document includes concept drawings, but by approving this document, the City is not committing itself to any particular development concept or rezoning of property. The buildings shown on the concept are either currently being proposed as part of a development project or are concepts that have been sketched by City planning consultants. Also note that the design guidelines document will be discussed at Plan Commission on September 12. 

The Historic Pheasant Branch Crossing concept is available here: http://www.ci.middleton.wi.us/DocumentCenter/View/4816

The Historic Pheasant Branch Crossing design guidelines are available here: http://www.ci.middleton.wi.us/DocumentCenter/View/4817

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