Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood Association's Website for County Proposal on Messner Site

In 2015 Dane County purchased the 19,000 square foot Messner building at 1326 E. Washington Avenue as the future site of a permanent homeless day resource center. They also purchased 1314 and 1318 E. Washington. Since then the County and City agreed to instead site the resource center at 615 E. Washington Ave. In Feb. 2017 the County Board and County Executive approved a resolution to site a residential or mixed-use development on the Messner site that must include housing for low income and very low income families. The resolution indicated that the site may or may not be owned by the County and outlines a process for soliciting for and choosing a developer for the site. That process included a Tenney-Lapham representative on the RFP selection panel. The resolution also included a provision for the site to be swapped for a similar site elsewhere on the E. Washington corridor should that opportunity arise.

Seven developers/entities responded to the RFP with Gorman and Company chosen as the winner. Their proposal teams with Dryhooch, a veterans service organization, and includes 40 2-bedroom and 24 3-bedroom apartments on floors 2 thru 5 with 54 of those reserved for lower income residents. Ten of the apartments will be market rate. The development will target veteran families who will be given priority. The first floor will include a Dryhooch coffee shop and services for veterans, as well as a fitness room, lobby, etc. The proposal includes 77 parking stalls and will be named Valor.

Gorman and Co. have tentatively agreed to Supervisor Wegleitner's plan to target 8 of the units towards families on the homeless priority list rather than only veterans. That stipulation is likely to be considered during the county process for weighing the expected application by Gorman and Co. for funds from the county's Affordable Housing Fund.

The usual TLNA process for evaluating development proposals will begin after Alder Zellers' May 8, 2018, neighborhood meeting to gather input. A TLNA steering committee will form after the meeting.

Last updated 19 May 2018 by Patrick Heck - pwheck at gmail.com