Thursday, July 2, 2020

UPDATE: The Valor on Washington, veterans housing development (July construction site visit)

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5/31/2020 update starts here

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3/10/2020 update starts here

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Valor on Washington by Gorman & Company at 1314-1326 E. Washington Ave. will create 59-unit project, 50 of which would be affordable. The project is aimed at veterans and their families. Dryhootch, a nonprofit support organization for veterans, will occupy space on the first floor of the building and Lutheran Social Services will provide supportive services for all tenants. The $15 million project received $950,000 from the city and $10.2 million in WHEDA credits over 10 years.

11/12/2019 update starts here.

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Largest veteran housing development of its kind coming to Madison.  (Fox47, 10/23/2019)
"The Valor on Washington" is set to be the largest housing and service development for veterans and their families in the nation. The complex is headed to the county-owned Messner property on East Washington Avenue across the street from the ShopBop and Metro Transit offices. 
The project will be a mix of affordable and market-rate units for families with a preference given to veterans in all 59 units. 
"Due to the fact of being homeless, credit score being low ... housing was very difficult to find on my own," said Tim Dziekan, who served in the military for 23 years. 
Dziekan entered the military at 17 years old. He had four combat tours and served as a combat medic in the Army for many years. He said when he retired from the military in 2008, it was difficult to adjust to civilian life.

Original 4/24/2018 post, "Messner site gets a second chance at redevelopment", starts here.

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Veteran affairs East Wash project would offer housing for women vets and families.  (Isthmus, 4/19/2018)
Dane County purchased the former Messner building, 1326 E. Washington Ave., for $1.4 million in 2015 to create a homeless day shelter. But another site, 615 E. Washington Ave., was eventually chosen for the day center, The Beacon, which opened last fall. 
The county then solicited and received several proposals to develop an affordable housing project at the Messner site. The winning proposal by Dryhootch and Gorman calls for 64 units of housing including 54 that would be reserved for veterans making 60 percent or less of the area median income.

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