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County looks to buy homeless center for $330k

County looks to buy homeless center for $330k

Dane County has made an offer to buy a Madison homeless resource center from a nonprofit group on the city's south side.

The $330,000 deal would make Hospitality House at 1490 Martin St. county property, and more Dane County funds would be allocated to expand the facility this summer, according to Dane County Executive Joe Parisi's office.

But first, the Dane County Board and Porchlight Executive Board have to approve the purchase.

Porchlight, a nonprofit group that provides resources and housing to homeless people in the Dane County area, operates three shelters in Madison. Hospitality House, Porchlight's daytime shelter, provides job counseling, housing assistance, transportation, meals, mail services and eviction prevention funds.

Prep pipes for plummeting temps, utility says

As temperatures were predicted to drop into the single digits Thursday night, a utility department reminded Madison residents to prepare their homes to protect pipes from bursting. 

The Madison Water Utility said a few preventative steps taken now can help avoid a messy -- and costly -- consequence. 

The department recommended that Madisonians:

  • Check outdoor spigots to make sure all hoses are
  • Disconnect hoses from outdoor spigots
  • Make sure outdoor spigots are turned off and drained
  • Insulate pipes in unheated areas like crawl spaces, unheated garages, attics
  • Leave some heat on in unused areas of the home

If a resident is planning to go out of town for a few days, the water utility also suggests to: 

Power restored to Madison, Fitchburg residents

Madison Gas and Electric reported that more than 5,000 residents were without power Tuesday afternoon.

The power outages included neighborhoods south of the Beltline and east of Verona Road. The outages also included Fitchburg residents just south of McKee Road.

A MG&E spokesperson told News3 the outage was caused by a contractor cutting into some wires in Fitchburg.

Olbrich expansion project seeks public input

Olbrich expansion project seeks public input

Olbrich Gardens to host redevelopment meetings

Olbrich Botanical Gardens will host a series of meetings for public input on a development plan for new buildings.

Olbrich is working with HGA, an architectural firm, to evaluate building needs. Final recommendations may include additions and renovations, a news release said.

An upcoming meeting on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on pre-design planning is the second in a series of planning forums.

Three more meetings will be held through May 20.

The planning process will begin with a declaration of guiding principles. Schematic design input forums will follow.

Olbrich said it will maintain up-to-date information on meeting notes on its website.

Inland Companies kicks off new affiliation with Colliers International

Inland Companies kicks off new affiliation with Colliers International

Inland Companies is excited to announce that effective May 2012, its brokerage and property management teams are affiliating with Colliers International.

While its brokerage and property management teams remain locally owned and operated by Inland Companies, these divisions will now be doing business as Colliers International Wisconsin.

Over the course of the next 6 to 12 months the company's signage (both leasing and management) and property marketing materials will be switched.

Additionally, emails will change to reflect Colliers’ national standard, however,  inlandcompanies.com emails will remain active so as not to disrupt any immediate communications.

Joining the Colliers family wasn’t a decision that was made lightly, but officials said they felt it was one that would accelerate our ability to serve its clients in a variety of ways.

Madison Apartment Vacancy Hits Historic Low

Madison Apartment Vacancy Hits Historic Low

Madison's apartment vacancy rate hit its lowest level in at least 16 years, as economic challenges have forced thousands of Madison residents to seek affordable units.

Only 2.6 percent of the city's apartment units were available in the third quarter, according to Madison Gas and Electric data. Vacancies have dwindled nearly every year since 2005, when 6.4 percent of units didn't have occupants.

The high demand is causing rent prices to increase and allowing landlords to turn more potential tenants away, said Brenda Konkel, executive director at the Tenant Resource Center in Madison.

"It's probably the worst I've seen it," she said. "For people who have had problems with unemployment, who don't have steady income, for people who have any type of blemish on their rental record, it's become incredibly difficult."

South Madison Homes Among 16 Included In Project Home Paint-A-Thon

Five homes on Madison's South Side are among the 16 homes that Project Home volunteers are giving a makeover this summer. The homes are on Fisher Street, Dane Street, Magnolia Circle, Sequoia Trail and Golden Gate Way.

The 22nd annual Paint-A-Thon will paint the homes of low-income homeowners on Saturday, Aug. 14. Organizers said the homes are owned by low-income residents, most of whom are elderly and frail.  The homes will receive greatly needed exterior painting through the help of 210 volunteers. Over the last 21 years, Paint-a-thon has painted 465 homes of neighbors in need.