Occupy Madison has a 2 step plan for the property at 1901 Aberg Ave.
PHASE ONE – TEMPORARY USE
For the winter of 2020-2021 Occupy Madison plans to place 28 “tinier” (60 sq ft) Conestoga Style huts on the property. These huts are cheaper and faster to building than the “tiny” homes (98 sq ft) we have at 304 N. 3rd St. These huts would be occupied primarily by people currently sleeping in tents in parks and other areas around Madison
For this phase we would also renovate the inside of the building to include showers, laundry and a non-commercial kitchen for resident use.
PHASE TWO – PERMANENT USE
Phase 2 would involve getting a planned development zoning approval from the city of Madison. The second phase would have fewer houses and we would transition to our larger “tiny” houses. With the second phase we would also determine what additional uses may go with the property (coffee shop, retail store, bakery, etc.)
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(article posted on October 12)
COVID-19, like for many others, has really changed Occupy Madison. While we have been shut down, we have been trying to figure out what we can do to help the community.
In August we wrote a proposal to build 100 tiny houses. 50 conestoga style houses and 50 of our tinier homes. We asked for $483,000 to pay for staff to manage the project, insurance, utilities, portapotties and hand washing stations.
At the time, we did not have any property for lease or under contract to purchase.
Needless to say, the project did not score well and we were not funded.
Realizing that we needed land to be successful in getting funding for our vision of a new village or two, we started a property search. This is how quickly things have been moving for us.
- Wednesday, September 23 – Look at the property, check zoning, comp plan, OMSAP
- Saturday, September 26 – Email county to see if there was a funding possibility with COVID funds (need to be spent by end of year)
- Sunday, September 27th – Occupy Madison membership meeting, agreed to put in an offer
- Monday, September 28th – We put in the offer (contingent on zoning and financing)
- Tuesday, September 29th – Had a meeting with city set up to discuss our plans (Phase 2 at 304 N 3rd St and failed grants we wrote in August) with Community Development and Zoning (tinier houses)
- Wednesday, September 30th – Offer accepted.
- Thursday & Friday, October 1 & 2 – work with alders and supervisors to figure out possibility of zoning and funding passing
- Saturday, October 3rd – Notify Neighborhood
- Monday, October 5th – State Journal Article
Initially we were aiming to have a funding resolution through the county board by October 15th and a zoning ordinance change from the city on October 20th. We were working with the contractors to get people into a finished property by Christmas.
Those timelines have been changed. The county won’t consider any proposal until November 5th. The city won’t consider a zoning ordinance change until November 17th. Meanwhile, Alder Syed Abbas is planning a neighborhood meeting the last week in October.
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(article posted on October 12)
Occupy Madison (OM) been growing hundreds of happy vegetable, herb, and flower seedings in our greenhouse… and we’re ready to get them safely to you for your gardens!
This year’s OM spring plant sale is as easy as one, two, three:
- Purchase your plants online, here: https://occupy-madison.square.site/
- Write down your pick-up date
- For orders placed between Monday 12 pm and Thursday 12 pm, pick up is that Friday after 12 pm
- For orders placed between Thursday 12 pm and Monday 12 pm, pick up is Tuesday after 12 pm
- When it’s time, come to the Village at 304 North Third Street and look under the tent for the bag with your name on it
We’ll keep our OM spring plant sale open as long as we have seedlings available. Shop early for the best selection!
The seedlings have been grown in a rich soil mix with Purple Cow organic compost, soil, sand, and nutrients, and tended daily with love.
All sales support Occupy Madison Inc, a membership non-profit organization whose mission is to join together to creatively work towards a more humane and sustainable world. OM Village includes five tiny homes, a woodworking shop, greenhouse, raised bed gardens, and store (closed during Safer-at-Home). See https://occupymadisoninc.com/
Occupy Madison is honoring our roots and working on ways we can creatively use our assets to support the community by filling gaps to support people in need. Occupy Madison remains open as long as none of our residents are sick but we are exercising the following precautions to protect our family and community members:
- Our store is closed except for online sales.
- We have suspended tours of the village and potlucks.
- Volunteers to care for the plants are welcome at the village unless any resident objects.
- Shop shifts are determined by the individual shop managers, shifts are limited to 4 people. Shifts will be suspended upon request of any resident.
- Spray down toilets and sinks before and after use
- Regularly cleaning door handles and surfaces
- No more than 10 people in the store, shop and public outdoor areas.
- Use Google hangouts for all meetings, in person visits allowed unless or until residents object
- If a resident gets infected by COVID19, the following procedures will be followed:
- Designate a bathroom for people with COVID19
- Plan to bring food to the person who has to stay in their house
- Residents will send Brenda their emergency contacts.
For more information on how we are filling gaps, please see our GMM and Board Meeting notes.
Save the Date! Volunteers needed! We will be planting the first seeds next Sunday noon – 3 at the village. Email email@example.com if you are interested in volunteering! If you can’t make it next Sunday, we still need volunteers to water and repot seedlings as they grow!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!!! We are currently seeking volunteers for two upcoming projects.
STORE HOURS – The first is that we want to have more regular store hours and we are looking for people to take regular shifts – once or twice a month, or every week. These shifts would be making sure our store is open regular hours. Right now we are looking for 5-8 Tuesday and Thursday and noon – 4 Saturday and Sunday. Other hours may be available if those don’t work for you.
PLANT SALE – We are also looking for volunteers to help with our plant sale. We need help with planting seeds, repotting plants and watering. No need to have a green thumb, we’re work you in to the rotation and show you the ropes!
If you are interested in either of these opportunities, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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We have a fiber arts community event in the Village!
If you have a project you want to finish or want to start a new one,
If you have always wanted to learn how to knit or crochet,
If it has been a while and you want to try fiber arts again,
For any fiber reason at all, please join us!
OM Village Fiber Arts Circle
Sunday, January 12, 2020 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
304 N 3rd Street
Madison, WI 53704
Facebook event: Click here
We are looking for a skilled wood worker who can supervise 1-3 inexperienced volunteers with hand and power tools making products for the store or in the construction of tiny houses.
Please see specific details in the Shop Managers section of the Documents.
Current shop managers with shifts are:
- Rob – Tuesday evenings
- Donald – Thursday evenings
- Gene – Sunday afternoons
Ideally another shift would be a Saturday afternoon, but doesn’t necessarily need to be.
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Please join us May 4th and 5th, 2019, for our 4th Annual Plant Sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. CST at OM Village.
Find heirloom plants, food, live music, fun, and connect with fellow community members.
We have changed our monthly potlucks to the same day as the General Membership Meeting which is held the 2nd Sunday of every month at 5 p.m. CST. Feel free to come early if you would like to help set up. Potlucks are open to the public and OM membership is not required.