By Tia Lynn Ivey
The 12-plus acre property that features the historic Foster-Thomason-Miller house on Main Street in Madison may be rezoned this summer to facilitate the development of a brand new 37-house residential subdivision with an entryway on Foster Street. The Miller house, which was built in 1883, and renovated in the 1990s, fell into severe disrepair after a devastating fire in 2001. Under this proposal, the Miller House would be put up for sale and offered as a rehabilitation project to interested buyers willing to restore the historic home. The adjacent lot off Main Street would also become available to build a new construction that must keep with the look and size of the historic homes that line Main Street.
Edward Good, a local developer, has submitted this proposal to the Madison Planning and Zoning department. The property is currently owned by Friesen Real-Estate Holdings, LLC. The Madison Planning and Zoning board will review the application on June 16 and then make a recommendation for approval or rejection to the Madison Mayor and Council as early as July 11.
Good’s vision for the property could result in an entirely new neighborhood in downtown Madison.
“The proposed use for the land is a mix of single-family homes, with a proposed zoning classification of PRD, Planned Residential Development. The two lots fronting Main Street, including the Foster Thomason Miller House, are proposed as two, .75 acre conforming lots. The Foster Thomason Miller house is offered as a renovation project and the adjacent lot as a new home, built in keeping with the style and scale of the historic homes on Main Street,” wrote Good. “On the remaining 10.66 acres, 37 homes are proposed, as well as three plus acres of dedicated passive recreation and open space surrounding Horse Branch Creek. Also integral to the development is a central park space and a pedestrian link to Main Street between the two Main Street lots.”Good is proposing 16 homes that will range between 1800-2100 square-feet oriented on a one-way lane, and 21 homes ranging between 2100-2400 square-feet.
According to Good’s application, “The overall density of the development is 3.2 homes to the acre. The development will follow the requirements set forth in the City’s historic district guidelines.”
According to City Planner Mollie Bogle, Good’s application for the rezoning is almost finalized. “They have submitted all the application requirements and are in the process of submitting additional material we have requested,” said Bogle. “It’s up in the air right now and will ultimately be up to the Mayor and City Council as to whether or not this gets approved…But we haven’t had any formal concerns filed with our office yet.”
Good believes the property is a prime spot for a new residential development.
“The Foster Street development is a unique pocket community tucked into the historic district behind existing homes and woodlands. The location allows for the development to be part of the pedestrian environment of the district. Downtown Madison shops, restaurants and offices are within 10-12 minutes walking distance. The Cultural Center is located one block over towards town and local churches are also within easy walking distance. With the use of smaller lots and setbacks, land is set aside for more common open space as opposed to assigned to larger private lots,” wrote Good.
If approved, Good plans to begin site construction 90 days after zoning approval, with an anticipated six-month completion schedule.