Madison Common Council approves funding for Tree Lane Apartments

MADISON (WKOW) — Tuesday night, Madison’s common council approved new money for a troubled apartment complex. Tree Lane Apartments will receive $145,000 to improve security.

The complex, designed to house people transitioning out of homelessness, has had atroubled historysince its inception in June, seeing several police calls, fights and a few shootings.

Last week council membersrejected a planto spend $165,000 to fund another security guard for the apartments but Tuesday they reached a compromise.

In their new plan, the funds allow Tree Lane’s owners, Heartland Housing, to hire and train another employee to work the front desk at the apartments rather than hiring another security guard.

Alder Keith Furman who sponsored the amended bill tells 27 News the council agreed one staff member was not enough but wanted someone who can develop a positive relationship with the residents rather than another guard to police them.

More at WKOW 27 News

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