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New Proposal for Corner of Acewood Blvd and Cottage Grove Road

July 19, 2018 9:48 PM

Hi Neighbors,

I'm writing you for the second time in two days, and I have something really important to discuss with you-housing.

It is so easy for those of us who have homes, and who work hard to pay the rent or mortgage, but who know that ultimately we'll make our payments, to forget just how hard it can be for some families to keep safe and stable housing. As we all know, minimum wage does not begin to keep pace with living wage in our city.

There are a lot of reasons housing is so expensive in Madison, but much of is boils down to basic supply and demand principles. While Madison is building houses, townhouses, and apartments at a fast pace, the demand is still greater. With scarcity comes high prices in the market.

We can be proud that our great city is one in which so many people want to live, it says great things about us. It's important, however, not to leave individuals or families behind while the rest of us enjoy Madison's success.

That's why I am excited that we'll have the chance to step up and welcome new neighbors to our east side community. In the next weeks and months we'll be exploring an affordable housing building at the corner of Cottage Grove Road and Acewood Blvd, the former Sentry site.

Moving Out, a company specializing in homes for those who are differently-abled or facing housing instability for other reasons, is putting forward a proposal for a multi-story multi-use development for that corner which includes 70 some affordable units. Because it is multi-story and multi-use this proposal is an exact match for the site's zoning.

We'll be discussing this proposal next Thursday night at Messiah Lutheran Church on Cottage Grove Road from 6pm-8pm. Our discussion will include a presentation from city staff on housing in Madison, and a presentation from developers for this specific project.

As you know, I support affordable housing in Madison. I've said before that there is room for it in District 3. I'm eager to learn more about this project with you and discuss this with you all.

The fact is, we cannot truly count our city and our society as among the best and most successful if some of our neighbors are being left behind. To quote Matthew Desmond from his bestselling book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, "it is hard to argue that housing is not a fundamental human need. Decent, affordable housing should be a basic right for everybody in this country. The reason is simple: without stable shelter, everything else falls apart."

I look forward to seeing you next Thursday

Sincerely,

Amanda Hall

Alder, District 3


 




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