Madison’s Finance Committee on Monday backed a proposal to buy a vacant big-box retail store near East Towne Shopping mall and change it into a long-lasting men’s homeless shelter — even with threats from a developer to fall a nearby luxurious housing undertaking if the shelter prepare moves forward.
The committee voted 4-, with two abstentions, to invest in the 2.67-acre house at 2002 Zeier Highway for $2.6 million and take $3 million from the county for the shelter challenge. The city also ideas to lead $3 million, but the proposal continue to demands approval from the City Council.
The 31,500-sq.-foot setting up on the residence formerly held Savers and Gander Mountain outlets.
Madison has been hunting for a web site for a long term shelter for months. The city thought it located one particular in October — a previous baby treatment middle at 4111 East Towne Blvd. on the city’s Far East Facet. But the property’s seller backed out of the deal only days immediately after it was introduced.
The Zeier Highway proposal has faced opposition from close by people and business enterprise owners, who stated at Monday’s meeting that the shelter would very likely shutter their enterprises. 1 developer threatened to drop a proposed $100 million, 400-device luxury housing venture nearby if the shelter results in being a actuality.
The area’s agent on the Town Council, Ald. Samba Baldeh, 17th District, claimed the shelter must be somewhere other than the center of a business district.