The node at Capitol Drive and Calhoun Road represents a major opportunity to introduce multi-family residential into an active area with proximity to services, retail and recreational/environmental amenities. Several of the parcels on the north side of Capitol are designated as senior housing and multi-family housing. In time, it is envisioned these parcels will provide the transition between the single-family neighborhoods and the commercial at the immediate intersection. As the parcels in the northeast quadrant are redeveloped, particular attention must be paid to integrating the redevelopment and the single-family
The Capitol/Calhoun Node presents an opportunity to introduce streets and connections from the neighborhoods to the amenities on Capitol Drive. The parcels are relatively large and could benefit from subdivision by pathways, streets, and/or trails. For example, pedestrian and bike passages may be created from the ends of cul-de-sacs to the node - breaking down the size of parcel and barriers to access.
The node sits on a high point and provides views down Capitol Drive towards Milwaukee. Therefore, the future specific urban design recommendations for this node should Capitalize on the striking views to the east. Long vistas such as this are relatively scarce in the Milwaukee area. Open spaces, or gathering spaces within the node should be oriented to take advantage of this view.
The proposed Calhoun nodal plan meets the goals and objectives of the 2020 Master Plan by,