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By Rick Dunn, Eastside News

Rick Dunn: How were you selected to build your Tiny House? Keith Valiquette: Willingness to put in a minimum of 300 hours of sweat equity on their own home as well as help with the construction of other homes is part of the selection process. Members also self-identify as needing a Tiny House, and they sign a stewardship agreement and are put on a waiting list. RD: What are your plans for helping with future homes? KV: Well, at 62 years old, I’m hoping to be able to help long into the future. It’s part of my commitment to Occupy. I want to be part of the solution. RD: What have you learned in the process of building your own home? KV: I have always thought of myself as a jack-of-all-trades. I learned that these skills acquired over the years have stayed with me and transfer well to the home building process. I am able to pass knowledge of power tools and construction techniques on to others. RD: Do you know where your home will be located?

March l April 2014

Input sought on prioritizing east side brownfields

photo: Jenifer Thompson

Keith Valiquette working in the Tiny House building shop. KV: Hopefully the Eco-Village at 2050 E. Johnson St., and/or other properties such as churches or other nonprofits. Otherwise, short term, on the street. RD: What does having your own home mean to you? KV: Security, community, peace of mind. Your own place, a comfortable safe place for you and your property. Privacy. Everything (homeless people) do is in a public space. RD: What is the first thing you can hardly wait to do in your new home?

The east side has the largest number of brownfields in the city. We all know the landscapes with East Washington Avenue, the rail corridor and all the other possible areas of contamination in our neighborhoods. Now you have an opportunity to weigh in on which east side properties the city should prioritize for assessment and future clean up. The city has received a $400,000 Environmental Protection Agency grant to identify, prioritize and assess brownfields citywide in order to encourage their redevelopment. The east side is being asked to help identify which brownfields are the highest priority. The city’s grant proposal specifically indicated that it would give significant weight to the east side’s expressed preferences. The properties selected through this process will have contamination assessments done for the property owners. The properties will also be moved to the top of the list for future clean-up funding. This will facilitate redevelopment by helping plan-

ners and developers discover the potential problems and get costs up front. While this may all seem tremendously boring, it’s really not just planning geek stuff. With development underway at the west end of East Washington Avenue, and eventially at Union Corners, which other chunks are our next priorities as a community? If precious resources and money are to be used to clean up and redevelop these properties, let’s be sure their proposed uses correspond to actual community needs and preferences. A detailed, numbered map of the properties can be downloaded and viewed at cityofmadison.com/engineering/documents/Isthmus.pdf. Please take five minutes to send Brian Grady, a city planner, your choices. Better yet, take an hour and think carefully about what we need cleaned up. For more information or details about the process and project contact Grady at bgrady@cityofmadison.com. l The Holy Cross Lutheran School seventh and eighth grade Bell Choir performs at the Governor’s Executive Residence in Maple Bluff during the Christmas season. The choir is under the direction of Mrs. Lana Stulken.

KV: Organize my personal property. Set up the home with my possessions. RD: What is the one thing you would like people to know about this project? KV: It re-opens the housing market to the lower end. The current market prohibits someone from working their way back into the middle class. A chance to strive for bigger and better things in life. I would also like them to know there is a stewardship agreement between the homeowner and Occupy that spells out conduct and behavior expectations. If you are interested in donating time or money to the Tiny House project, please contact Occupy Madison at occupymadisoninc.com. l

Explore sustainability with Emerson east neighbors The Emerson East Sustainability Taskforce and James Reeb Unitarian Peace, Justice, and Sustainability Committee welcome all to Sustainable Saturday Nights every fourth Saturday at James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation on East Johnson

Street. A potluck starts at 6 p.m. and there is music, child care and a presentation on a sustainability related topic. There are action meetings at 3:30 p.m. for concrete projects such as letter writing to fight climate change. l www.edwardjones.com

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By Joe Mingle, Co-chair of the Eastside Planning Council

Talking with a Tiny House resident There was a flurry of activity as I made my way into the Occupy Madison, Inc. Tiny House building shop at 4235 Argosy Court. Snow was being shoveled, wood selected and tools prepared. It was here I was introduced to Keith Valiquette, an Occupy board member and soon-to-be Tiny House recipient. Occupy Madison is pursuing plans to create a Tiny House building shop and living site on East Johnson Street where Sanchez Motors is located. Valiquette agreed to sit down and answer some questions about the prospects of having his own home.

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Eastside News March-April 2014  

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