Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Just what Madison's Oscar Mayer neighborhood needs: 'Higher-end' housing


A view of the 1800 block of Packers Avenue


Development proposal aims to fill high-end housing gap on North Side.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 4/4/2016)
The roughly $13 million project would include 90 underground parking stalls and 25 surface parking stalls and would provide a new, high-quality housing option to Madison Area Technical College students, frequent Dane County Regional Airport users and others, Griffin said.

A rendering for The Elevation


I have a suggestion for developer Blake Griffin.

Create a Google Alert for "affordable housing".  It provides quite the list of daily reading, as I discovered when I did so recently.  

There is an affordable housing crisis not just in Dane County but across the United States.  Locally, numerous high-end housing projects (see "The Towering Isthmus" blogposts) have transformed the Madison skyline -- and exacerbated the challenges of meeting the needs of the homeless in the process.

Keeping 60% of The Elevation's apartments at rents of $1,000 or less ($999?) does nothing to address a lack of affordable housing in Madison.

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